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Part of the appeal of To Kill a Mockingbird is the verisimiltude of the narrative. That Harper Lee models Maycomb on her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, and Atticus upon her lawyer father certainly helps. The old town's neighborhood is surely like that of Miss Lee's.
The Radley place is one of superstition and mystery as Scout runs past the house in fear each day. As they play with Dill, Jem and Scout re-enact what they imagine transpires in the Radley home
The children talk with their grandmother-figure, Miss Maudie, who talks to them about anything they wish to discuss. Like Atticus, Miss Maudie reminds Scout that Arthur Radley is a person who deserves respect.
On Dill's last night of the summer, he and Jem decide to peek into Arthur's windows even though they have been told to leave him alone. When Nathan Radley shoots at them, they take off, but Jem loses hia pants. His decision too retrieve his pants when Scout and he "part company," shows his bravery. Nevertheless, the entire incident brings out all the neighbors who voice their opinions: Miss Stephanie, Miss Maudie, etc.
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