How does Scout feel when she reflects on her relationship with Boo Radley? How would she define the responsibilities of being a neighbor?  

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Boo Radley saves Scout and Jem's lives when Bob Ewell attacks them. He had also reached out to them in friendship with the gifts he left for them in the knothole of the old tree. As Scout walks Boo home after the Bob Ewell attack, she reflects on their friendship. She realizes with sadness that Boo had always given to her and Jem, but they had not given him anything in return. She recalls with regret that she and Jem had never even left a single gift in the knothole for Boo:

He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives (To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 31).

Scout wishes that she had been a better friend to Boo. She also reflects on the role of neighbors. Boo is her neighbor. She knows that she had not acted neighborly because "neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad." Scout feels guilty for only taking from Boo.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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