In Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, what did Scout yell out loud about Cecil Jacobs when she and Jem were walking home?

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In Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Cecil Jacobs is one of Scout's friends, although, early in the novel, at the beginning of Chapter 9, Lee's precocious and combative narrator is set to fight this young boy because of his insulting comments regarding Atticus '...

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In Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Cecil Jacobs is one of Scout's friends, although, early in the novel, at the beginning of Chapter 9, Lee's precocious and combative narrator is set to fight this young boy because of his insulting comments regarding Atticus' decision to defend an African American against a charge of rape. Later in the novel, in Chapter 28, Scout and her older brother Jem are walking to the school auditorium one evening, the latter dutifully carrying his sister's costume for the play in which her role is that of a ham. On their way to the school, the two children are startled by Cecil, who has deliberately jumped out in front of them to scare them, prompting Jem to exclaim, "God almighty!" After the events at the school end, with Scout having hung around with Cecil, she and Jem are walking home in the dark of night when they hear strange noises that frighten them. Recalling Cecil's prank earlier in the evening, Scout decides to call her friend out, yelling, "Cecil Jacobs is a big wet he-en!” 

The source of the noise, of course, is not Cecil Jacobs. It is Bob Ewell who physically attacks the two children, who are saved by a mysterious figure soon revealed to be the reclusive Boo Radley. The answer to the question, though--what does Scout yell about Cecil as she and Jem walk home--is "Cecil Jacobs is a big wet hen!"

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