What are some character traits of Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout is intelligent, thoughtful, compassionate, adventurous, and cautious. Her intelligence does not only include book learning, though she does read well for her age. Her intelligence shows wisdom beyond her years. This also shows her thoughtfulness. For example, when Walter Cunningham refuses to borrow Miss Caroline's quarter, Scout knows why. She recalls that Mr. Cunningham paid her father in firewood, turnip greens, and other items because he does not like to owe anyone anything. Scout shows compassion toward Boo Radley at the end of the novel. She reaches out to him in friendship. Scout also shows compassion to Walter Cunningham by befriending him. 

Dill, Jem, and Scout often go on adventures together, such as the night when they sneak into the Radley yard to peer through the window. This shows Scout's adventurous spirit. Despite this, Scout does exercise caution. When Atticus tells the children that he hopes their game is not about the Radley family, Scout becomes hesitant to play. Jem taunts her about it. Scout is sometimes hesitant about Jem's ideas to communicate with or see Boo Radley. This causes her to stay "aloof from their more foolhardy schemes" for a time (Chapter 5).

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