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We know from the very first page of To Kill a Mockingbird that the narrator tells her story from a retrospective view many years in the future, since she mentions that she and her brother, Jem, were now "far too old to settle an argument with a fist-fight." After several pages describing the town of Maycomb and the history of the Finch family, the narrator reverts to a present day perspective. She picks up the story when she is "almost six and Jem was nearly ten" years old and Dill comes to visit them for the first time. We only find out late in the first chapter that the narrator's nickname is Scout.
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