Other than Jem, what characters show childish courage in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird? Does anyone else show childish courage? (eg. Scout or Dill?)

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One of my favorite minor characters in the novel is Scout's classmate Little Chuck Little. Author Harper Lee's choice of Chuck's name is both fitting and ironic: Although he is short in stature--"among the most diminutive of men"--he has a heart of gold and shows his bravery when he stands up to the older and bigger Burris Ewell when Bob's son threatens Miss Caroline. After Burris turns his attentions from the teacher and appears ready to attack Little Chuck, young Mr. Little's

... right hand went to his pocket. "Watch your step, Burris," he said. "I'd soon's kill you as look at you. Now go home."
     Burris seemed to be afraid of a child half his height...  (Chapter 3)

Little Chuck must have known that Burris would back down, and he did not have to display the knife that must have been in his trousers. The threat was enough to send Burris from the classroom, and Little Chuck joined the rest of the children in trying to calm the shaken schoolteacher. Little Chuck,

... who didn't know where his next meal was coming from... was a born gentleman...  (Chapter 3)

and he had already comforted Miss Caroline after she had become distressed about the "cooties" found in Burris's hair.

He put his hand under her elbow and led Miss Caroline to the front of the room. "Now don't you fret, ma'am," he said. "There ain't no need to fear a cootie. I'll fetch you some water."  (Chapter 3)

It is obvious that Scout admires Little Chuck: After all, he must remind her a bit of both her brother and her father (and perhaps even the equally tiny Dill)--the men she most respects.

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