Identify the Radley place, in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

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The Radley Place is located in Maycomb, in the Finches' part of town. It is a scary, run-down old place, without screens on the doors; it used to have flowers (cannas) growing out front when Mrs. Radley was alive. The only person that ever enters or leaves within the sight of the neighbors is Nathan Radley, Boo's brother and "prison guard."

The Radley home is close to the Finches, just down the street—and can be seen from the Finch home, but best from the street light post.

The Radley Place jutted into a sharp curve beyond our house.

The property line of the school that Jem and Scout attend runs adjacent to one edge of the Radley's property.

The Maycomb school grounds adjoined the back of the Radley lot; from the Radley chickenyard tall pecan trees shook their fruit into the schoolyard, but the nuts lay untouched by the children: Radley pecans would kill you. A baseball hit into the Radley yard was a lost ball and no questions asked.

Mr. Avery is in this area as well. He lives across the street from the Finches. Dill's Aunt Rachel lives next door to the Finches, while Miss Stephanie's house is across from Miss Rachel's. Miss Maudie's house is also across the street, next to Mr. Avery's—and down from the Radley Place. Mrs. Dubose's house and the post offfice can be seen in the other direction—from the Radley Place.

It is in this small part of the town of Maycomb that Jem and Scout spend two-and-a-half memorable years, compressed into the pages of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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