Scout's opinion of Arthur Radley moves from believing that he is a malicious ghost to finding him to be a hero, a kind man, and a friend.
As narrator, Scout introduces the reader to the neighborhood and describes the Radley house as being "inhabited by an unknown entity the mere description of whom was enough to make us behave for days on end." She adds that inside the house there lives "a malevolent phantom." Supposedly he sneaks around at night when there is no moon and peeps into windows. He has not been out of the house for fifteen years since he got into trouble, and his father did not want his son to go to the state industrial school—instead, he imprisoned Boo in their own home.
Despite all the frightening details about Boo Radley, Jem and Scout, accompanied by Charles Baker Harris, who is known as Dill, make several efforts to see this ghost who haunts a dilapidated house. One day the boys try to lure Boo out by tapping on the house, but they see only the slightest stirring. With...
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