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Scout has remembered many of the lessons that Atticus has taught her through the past two years. She is embarrassed for addressing Arthur Radley Jr. as "Boo," recalling that Atticus had previously corrected her about this inappropriate moniker. She fulfills her fantasy by politely leading Boo to the porch, where they sit together on the swing. She agrees with Sheriff Tate's explanation of the events, believing that charging Boo with murder (even in self-defense) and bringing him into the public "limelight" would
"... be sorta like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?"
Knowing that Boo must have been fascinated with both her and Jem, Scout leads her new friend into the bedroom so he can silently say goodbye, gently touching Jem's head--a rare form of physical human contact for Boo. When Boo asks Scout to "take me home," Scout screws up her courage and, like a true lady,
... slipped my hand into the crook of his arm.
As they walk home, she takes another ladylike step, proudly escorting her gentleman friend back to his house. After the door closes behind her, she steps into Boo's shoes and sees her neighborhood from an entirely different view--from the eyes of Boo. She recalls events of the past two years as Boo must have seen them, and how
We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad.
As she struggles with sleep while trying to listen to Atticus's reading of The Grey Ghost, she recognizes that one of the main characters, Stoner's Boy, had been innocent of the accusations made against him--just as Boo had been.
"... they chased him... 'cause they didn't know what he looked like, an' Atticus, when they finally saw him, why he hadn't done any of those things... Atticus, he was real nice..."
"... Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them."
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