I need a quote from when Scout is on Boo's balcony, (ch 31) explaining the events he would have observed and how they would portray protection  Please include a quote from the section when Scout...

I need a quote from when Scout is on Boo's balcony, (ch 31) explaining the events he would have observed and how they would portray protection

 

Please include a quote from the section when Scout is on the Radley's balcony and then possible explain how it portrays protection (I left my book at school)

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cldbentley | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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I believe you are referring to the time Scout spends on Arthur "Boo" Radley's front porch after walking him home.  This, of course, happens after Boo saves Jem from Bob Ewell.  As Scout turns to leave, she thinks about what Boo would have seen every day.

...It was daytime and the neighborhood was busy.  Miss Stephanie Crawford crossed the street to tell the latest to Miss Rachel.  Miss Maudie bent over her azaleas.  It was summertime, and two children scampered down the sidewalk toward a man approaching in the distance.  The man waved, and the children raced each other to him. 

It was still summertime, and the children came closer...

It was fall and his children fought on the sidewalk in front of Mrs. Dubose's.  The boy helped his sister to her feet, and they made their way home. Fall, and his children trotted to and fro around the corner, the day's woes and triumphs on their faces.  They stopped at an oak tree, delighted, puzzled, apprehensive.

Winter, and his children shivered at the front gate, silhouetted against a blazing house.  Winter, and a man walked into the street, dropped his glasses, and shot a dog.

Summer, and he watched his children's heart break.  Autumn again, and Boo's children needed him.

By understanding what Boo would have seen as he watched from his window daily, Scout realizes that Boo knew when she and Jem needed help.  He knew that she was cold when Miss Maudie's house burned and draped a blanket around her shoulders.  He knew when she and Jem were in danger from Bob Ewell and protected them.  Boo saw the children every day, so they became precious to him and he protected them as his own.  Even though he didn't usually leave the house, he was brave enough to do so when they needed him.

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