In To Kill a Mockingbird, what are at least four examples that show Scout is kind-hearted?

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For the most part, the precocious Scout shows her kindness in words rather than actions during the chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird. But when she's not fighting or arguing with Jem, she has her moments of kindness.

SCHOOL.  Scout's first day of school doesn't go well, but she attempts to make things easier for her new teacher, Miss Caroline. Scout tries to explain about the financial difficulties of Walter Cunningham Jr.'s family, but Miss Caroline eventually punishes her instead. After Burris Ewell storms out of the classroom following his proclamation that Miss Caroline is a "snot-nosed slut of a schoolteacher," Scout joins her classmates as they "clustered around her desk, trying in our various ways to comfort her."

THE LYNCH MOB.  Whether Scout knew it or not at the time, it was her kind words to Mr. Cunningham that eventually dispersed the lynch mob that had come to take Tom from the jail--saving Tom from a hanging and Atticus from possible serious injuries. Scout was not kind toward all of the men, however, kicking one man in the groin when he tried to subdue Jem.

THE MISSIONARY CIRCLE.  Scout is on her best behavior when Aunt Alexandra's church group meets. Scout dresses in her Sunday best, endures several cutting remarks from Miss Stephanie without a word, and helps the ladies serve refreshments "with her best company manners." It was her way of showing Alexandra and Miss Maudie that they need not be embarrassed by her--that Scout could also "be a lady at a time like this."

MEETING BOO.  When Scout's fantasy finally comes true--seeing Boo Radley in the flesh--she politely escorts him to the front porch and sits beside him on the swing. Before Boo leaves, she invited him to Jem's room and tells Boo that it's okay to pat Jem on his head. Then, taking his arm, she walks Boo back to his house.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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