Scout makes the comment about it being a “rather thin time” as she is describing a fight with Cecil Jacobs in chapter 9. Scout means that events at this time made things very difficult for her and Jim. With the trial of Tom Robinson coming up, each member of the Finch family is a target.
Scout’s playground fights continue into her family life, when she fights her cousin at Christmas, defending her father’s honor. Atticus assures her that he cannot win the trial, but that it is something he has to do.
Scout's struggles continue until the trial, and even after it.