How did Jem get even with Scout for contradicting him about Hot Steams in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Jem gives Scout the ride of her life after she discounts his story about Hot Steams in Chapter 4 of To Kill a Mockingbird. Jem, Scout and Dill are discussing the Radley Place when Dill, trying to scare Scout, predicts that "you are going to die in three days." Scout promised to "knock you bowlegged" if he didn't stop. When Jem growled that "you act like you believe in Hot Steams," Dill asked for an explanation.

    "Don't you believe a word he says, Dill," I said. "Calpurnia says that's nigger-talk."

Jem paid her back by rolling her in a tire--right up to the Radley house porch steps.


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