How and why does Miss Maudie's house look like a pumpkin?

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sagetrieb | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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It looks like a pumpkin because it is on fire. Scout says, "The fire was well into the second floor and had eaten its way to the roof: window frames were black against a vivid orange center." More accurately, the house looks like a jack-o-lantern, a big orange ball with its eyes cut out (Chapter 8).