Scout is portrayed as a lovable, short-tempered tomboy, who is extremely curious and intelligent for her age. In Part One of the novel, Scout's temper and lack of self-control get her into trouble quite often. In Chapter 9, Scout reveals her short temper and rash behavior by punching her cousin in the face after he calls Atticus a "nigger-lover." Scout mentions,
This time, I split my knuckle to the bone on his front teeth. My left impaired, I sailed in with my right, but not for long. (Lee, 87)
Later that evening, Uncle Jack has a conversation with Scout and she demonstrates her strong will and bold personality by telling her uncle,
"You’re real nice, Uncle Jack, an‘ I reckon I love you even after what you did, but you don’t understand children much." (Lee, 88)
Scout is also extremely curious and naive as a child. In Chapter 15 , she witnesses the Old Sarum bunch surround her father outside of the Maycomb jailhouse and listens as Atticus speaks to the group of intimidating men. Scout...
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