In Chapter 26 of To Kill a Mockingbird, what is Scout's fantasy about Boo?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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In just a little more than two years, Scout has gone from fearing Boo as some kind of monster to fantasizing about meeting him one day. Through the presents she and Jem have received from Boo, and the kindness he displayed by mending Jem's pants and warming her with a blanket, Scout is no longer "terrified" of passing by the Radley Place. Instead she dreams of not only seeing Boo, but having a neighborly conversation with him.

I imagined how it would be when it happened, he'd just be sitting in the swing when I came along. "Hidy do, Mr. Arthur," I would say, as if I had said it every afternoon of my life. "Evening, Jean Louise," he would say... "right pretty spell we're having, isn't it?"

But, Scout considered it only a fantasy, and that she would never lay her eyes on Boo. He might sneak out some night and gaze upon Miss Stephanie, Scout thought, but "He would never gaze at us."

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In Chapter 26, Scout and Jem are walking to the school auditorium to attend the Maycomb Halloween festival, and they pass the Radley home. Scout mentions that the Radley place no longer terrifies her and that she feels remorse for bothering Boo in the past. Scout also remembers the gifts that Boo gave her in the knothole of the tree and muses at the possibility of one day meeting him. Scout fantasizes about meeting Boo Radley and imagines that he would be sitting on the swing outside. Scout would simply walk towards Boo and say, "Hidy do, Mr. Arthur," and Boo would respond by saying, "Evening, Jean Louise" (Lee 149). They would then share small talk about the weather and Scout would go about her day. Scout then mentions that she would probably never see Boo anyway. Ironically, Scout does end up meeting Boo and sits with him on her front porch following Bob Ewell's attack. 

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