In To Kill a Mockingbird, after the fire at Miss Maudie's, why does Jem tell Atticus about the pants after Atticus suggests they send the blanket back in a wrapped box?
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It has taken Jem and Scout quite a while to let go of their desire to "make Boo come out" so they can get a look at him. Jem has finally come to understand that Boo does not want to be seen. Although Boo has left the children gifts, mended Jem's pants, and warmed Scout with a blanket--all acts of kindness--he has not revealed himself, and Jem finally recognizes that his father's talks about giving Boo his privacy is what Boo wants most. So, when Atticus suggests that they return Boo's blanket in a gift-wrapped box, Jem sees that it would be an intrusion on Boo's self-imposed reclusiveness. Only then does Jem spill the beans and begin
... pouring out our secrets right and left in total disregard for my safety if not for his own...
Jem convinces Atticus to "keep this and the blanket to ourselves."
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