In To Kill a Mockingbird, how do the childrens' impressions of Boo Radley change?From the beginning of the novel until the fire. 

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Dill was so interested in seeing Boo.  He was the most curious character of the three children.  After all, he was the one who bet Jem he wouldn't touch the front door of the Radley house (and he lost that bet, too).

Scout saw Boo as a scary monster.  In fact, they all did from the beginning.  Jem describes him in the first chapter: "Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained--if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time."

From the very beginning, that is how all three kids envision Boo.  However, as time goes on, Jem realizes that Boo is just trying to be friendly.  He left Jem's pants waiting for him, sewn up the best he could; he left them gifts in the knothole of the tree; and then at the fire, he placed a blanket around Scout to help keep her warm.  Jem noticed all of these things.  The other two did not see it that way, nor were they mature enough to understand who was behind the good deeds.

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