Did Jem learn his lesson from Atticus about playing the Boo Radley game? What is it that Scout said he did learn?According to Scout, what does Jem learn from Atticus about pestering Boo and playing...

Did Jem learn his lesson from Atticus about playing the Boo Radley game? What is it that Scout said he did learn?

According to Scout, what does Jem learn from Atticus about pestering Boo and playing the "Boo Radly Game"?

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Jem didn't really learn his lesson until the end of chapter 6.  That was when he had to go back for his pants only to find them "waiting for him" and folded over the fence.  In the following chapter, the kids find all kinds of "gifts" in the knothole in the Radley tree.  Scout doesn't have a clue what they are or who put them there, but the reader realizes that Jem does know they are gifts from Boo.  This becomes clear when Scout notices the dried tear stains on Jem's face after Nathan Radley filled the knothole with cement.  He must have known that Boo was "sneaking out" and was putting a stop to their communication, and therefore their "friendship" as well.  Jem realized that Boo wasn't scary.  He was trying to make friends with the kids all along.

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