MR. RADLEY & THE KNOTHOLE. Sadly for the Finch children, Boo's father solves the problem of his son's communication via the knothole by simply filling in the not-so-secret hiding place with cement. By eliminating the knothole, Boo no longer has a way of leaving presents for Jem and Scout, and vice versa. Mr. Radley obviously did not approve of Boo's growing interest in the Finch children, so this was a cruel but practical solution.
DILL THE RUNAWAY. When Jem and Scout discover the runaway Dill under their bed, Jem surprises Scout by informing Atticus of the situation. Jem knows that Atticus will know what to do, and he is right. He first tells Miss Rachel that Dill is hungry but safe, and that it would be best for Dill to stay at the Finch home for the evening. Dill could deal with his parents in the morning. It was a memorable evening for Dill and Scout, who innocently share her bed for the night.