What Happened To Miss Maudie's House

What happened to Miss Maudie's house in chapters 8-9 of To Kill a Mockingbird? What was her reaction?

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In chapter 8, Miss Maudie's house burns down. Her reaction is sort of like "good riddance". She's happy to see "that old mausoleum" go. It was too big anyway, as she's getting older she thinks she's ready for something much smaller. What she is most upset about it how the fire affected her plants. Gardening is a big hobby of hers that she wants to keep up and that mad her sad to see some get scorched.

Cecil Jacobs is a boy in Scout's class. He lives all the way down the street right next to the post office. He challenges Scout calling her daddy a name at school. As always, she got fired up and wanted to beat him up.

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On the night of the unseasonable snow in Maycomb, Jem and Scout were awakened by Atticus and hurried from their home. Outside they saw that Miss Maudie's house was on fire. Neighbors were busy saving furniture from the fire, but the house was nearly a total loss. Miss Maudie seemed surprisingly calm and unconcerned.

"Why, I hated that old cow barn. Thought of settin' fire to it a hundred times myself, 'cept they'd lock me up."

Cecil Jacobs was one of Scout's classmates. He became another one of her victims (apparently) after he claimed that "Scout Finch's daddy defended niggers." Cecil will reappear in one of the final chapters of the novel.

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The answer to this question can be found towards the end of Chapter 8.  The answer is that Miss Maudie's house burns down.  The Finch kids are rousted out of bed and made to go outside so that they will not get caught inside their own house if the fire spreads.

The next morning Jem and Scout go and talk to Miss Maudie.  They expect that they will need to comfort her.  But instead she is very calm about the whole thing.  In fact, she's pretty upbeat.  She says that she'll be able to change things around a bit now -- have a nicer garden, things like that.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Miss Maudie's house burned down and during this time she had a happy demeanor like oh no but thats okay, it happens. She always looked on the bright side and was one of the best characters because she did not care about racial prejudices. During this time there was also someone in Scout's case who said something rude about her father and she got mad at him and wanted to beat him up. 

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