Give a brief account of the incident which led to Scout's being "romped" by Uncle Jack in "To Kill a Mockingbird". What was the promise to which she refers, and why did she ask...

Give a brief account of the incident which led to Scout's being "romped" by Uncle Jack in "To Kill a Mockingbird".

What was the promise to which she refers, and why did she ask him to make it?

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The Finches all get together for Christmas.  Scout's cousin, Francis, is giving her a really hard time about how she is being raised by Atticus and calls her names.  Scout says she is trying really hard to keep the promise she made about not fighting.  When Francis calls her a "nigger-lover" Scout punches him, calls him a name and he runs away.  When her uncle Jack asks her if she hit Francis and called him names she says, "I reckon I did."  Her uncle then spanks her.  Later he finds out why she did what she did and he promises to listen to her side of the story from then on.

"Atticus’ family meets Uncle Jack at Aunt Alexandra’s for Christmas. Francis, a first cousin-once-removed, tells Scout that Aunt Alexandra says Atticus “let’s you all run wild” and “now he’s turned into a nigger-lover. . . .” Scout splits her knuckle on his teeth and Jack spanks her for fighting. Later, Scout talks to Uncle Jack about his unfairness in spanking her."

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