Is there a specific quote that Atticus tells Jem, Dill and Scout when they get caught stalking Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird? Is there anything influential that he says, like step in his...
Is there a specific quote that Atticus tells Jem, Dill and Scout when they get caught stalking Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird?
Is there anything influential that he says, like step in his shoes? Can I have the page and quote, please?
Apparently Atticus has managed to limit his children's curiosity about Boo Radley--until Dill's arrival in Maycomb, that is. It is Dill that spurs Jem and Scout's greater interest in the neighborhood phantom, and Atticus does his best to keep the children out of Boo's business. He catches Jem trying to send a message to Boo via a fishing pole, and he witnesses their play-acting about the Radley family. He is not amused. Following the fishing pole incident, he tells them
"Son," he said to Jem, "I'm going to tell you something and tell you one time: stop tormenting that man. That goes for the other two of you." (Chapter 5, page 49)
But Atticus knows that words alone will not stop their curiosity, and we find out much later that he somehow knew that Jem had sneaked out of the house late at night to retrieve his lost pants from the Radley fence. In the end, his patience won out, and Scout discovered that Boo had actually been keeping an eye on them all along.