How does Jem walk when he gets into the 6th grade and why?

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Jem begins sixth grade going through what Scout calls "a brief Egyptian period...he tried to walk flat a great deal, sticking one arm in front of him and one in back of him, putting one foot behind the other." Jem wants to show how much he knows about the Egyptians, which signifies to him how much he knows in general. He believes he is very grown up now that he's in sixth grade, learning about interesting and important things. He like to impress other with what he knows, but of course we can only smile at his childish way of showing his knowledge. He is a child of empathy, connecting with what he knows, indicative of his empathy with Tom later in the story.

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