Miss Stephanie Crawford, the town gossip, has much to do with the rumors which are spread around town regarding Boo Radley. She enjoys sharing all of her "information" with Jem and Scout and accuses Boo of creeping around in the middle of the night, trying to look at women through their windows. She says she's seen him herself:
Miss Stephanie Crawford said she woke up in the middle of the night one time and saw him looking straight through the window at her ... said his head was like a skull lookin' at her. Ain't you ever waked up at night and heard him, Dill?
In one of the most humorous parts of the book, Miss Maudie later confronts Miss Stephanie about this rumor, asking if Stephanie had moved over to make room for him. One of Miss Maudie's great characteristics is her gracious attitude—and enough sass to handle Miss Stephanie's rumors.
When Dill visits, the children invent games to entertain themselves through long Alabama summers. One of those is to try to get Boo to come out of his...
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