It was alive and moving, but it wasn't a snake, as Scout found out one night in Chapter 14 of Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird. One night as Scout was going to bed, she stepped on something "warm, resilient and rather smooth."
...It was not quite like hard rubber, and I had the sensation that it was alive. I also heard it move.
Thinking it was a reptile, she called out to Jem , who was in the adjoining room. He went to the kitchen and returned with a broom. Ever the protector, Jem ordered Scout to get on the bed....
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