In the bildungsroman of To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout and Jem have both attained maturity. As Scout narrates Chapter 26, she tells readers that she is no longer frightened by going past the Radley Place. Nonetheless, she finds it yet gloomy and uninviting. And, as she reflects upon her memories of Boo, she feels a twinge of remorse for the cruel games which must have been "sheer torment" for the timid, recluse. Having been educated by Atticus to see things through the point of view of other people, Scout wonders why any "reasonble recluse" would want children peeping in his windows and wandering through his yard at night.
Looking for Boo each time she passes the Radley Place, Scout would like to say hello and say things as though she had always spoken to him in an effort be friendly in a way to compensate Boo for her childish pranks.