In chapter 4 when Scout, Jem and Dill are discussing what they'll play, Scout asks Jem "Make us up one,".  What does she mean by this?   While Dill wants to play Rover Boys that has three...

In chapter 4 when Scout, Jem and Dill are discussing what they'll play, Scout asks Jem "Make us up one,".  What does she mean by this?   

While Dill wants to play Rover Boys that has three decent roles, Scout objects to this as she'll have to play the role of Tom Rover.  Is she asking Jem to play this part istead of her, or is she asking him to invent another story or modify one?  Thanks.

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It is true that Scout was not happy with her role of Tom Rover, who "suddenly lost his memory in the middle of a picture show and was out of the script until the end..." But most of all, the children were bored with their old play-acting routine.

     Our first days of freedom, and we were tired. I wondered what the summer would bring.  (Chapter 4)

When Scout asked Jem to "Make us one up," she merely meant that she preferred to act out something new and more interesting. When Jem came up with the idea to do "Something new, something different"--the Boo Radley game--Scout and Dill fell in love with it immediately. It allowed them to act out all their fantasies about the Radley family and provided Scout with a female role (Mrs. Radley), and the children never went back to playing the Rover Boys again.

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