How does the quote,"You should have brought the flashlight, Jem" create mood in To Kill a Mockingbird?The quote is in Chapter 28, at the beginning of the chapter when Jem and Scout are on their way...

How does the quote,"You should have brought the flashlight, Jem" create mood in To Kill a Mockingbird?

The quote is in Chapter 28, at the beginning of the chapter when Jem and Scout are on their way home after the pageant. I am practicing this essay as revision for my GCSE exam which is in May, and I really need this answered, please. i don't know how to explain this quote... can someone answer it ASAP, please.?

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I don't think this particular quote lends a tremendous amount of mood or atmosphere just by itself. However, it does foreshadow things to come after the children return from the Halloween pageant at the school. Harper Lee has already begun creating the foreboding mood of darkness and fear in the preceding paragraphs, describing the children walking past the Radley Place in the receding twilight by themselves. (Remember, Atticus would normally walk with the children after dark, but he was too tired after being in Montgomery all week.) There is the mention of shadows, a strong wind and the possibility of rain. The children have been talking of "Haints, hot steams and incantations" as they feel their way forward, careful not to bump into a tree. Scout trips on a tree root just before making the comment about needing a flashlight, and then they are both surprised when Cecil Jacobs jumps out and scares them. They seem relieved for Cecil to join them on the remainder of their walk to the school, but afterwards, by themselves in the dark, the mood turns from scary to murderous.  

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