To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, why does Atticus wake Jem and Scout the night of the fire instead of letting them sleep through it?

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Chapter 8 of To Kill a Mockingbird is quite an eventful one. First, it snows for the first time ever and the kids attempt to build a snowman. Then, that same night, Miss Maudie's house catches on fire across the street from the Finch's home. Atticus could have risked letting the kids sleep through the episode, but what if they would have woken up while he was out there trying to help Maudie? Scout

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