In Chapter 4 of To Kill a Mockingbird, what does Scout hear when she rolls into the Radley front yard?In this part of chapter 4, Scout feels left out of Jem and Dill's relationship because they are...

In Chapter 4 of To Kill a Mockingbird, what does Scout hear when she rolls into the Radley front yard?

In this part of chapter 4, Scout feels left out of Jem and Dill's relationship because they are so close. Scout is rolled inside an old tire into the Radley's yard and Jem and Dill panic at this point.

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Dill had just arrived for his second summer vacation in Maycomb, and Jem and Scout were vying for his attention. Jem and Scout argued over Hot Steams, with Scout telling Dill that much of what Jem had told them was just superstitious hogwash.

"Calpurnia says that's nigger-talk.

Jem decided to get even with Scout by giving her the tire ride of her life. With Scout inside the tire, Jem pushed her with all his might, and the tire hit gravel, crossed the road, and crashed into some sort of barrier. When Scout finally cleared her head, she found herself at the bottom of the Radley's front steps. Jem "dashed in and retrieved the tire," but Scout later remembered something else:

Through all the head-shaking, quelling of nausea and Jem-yelling, I had heard another sound, so low I could not have heard it from the sidewalk. Someone inside the house was laughing.

It could only have been Boo.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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