What do you learn about the plot of The Gray Ghost in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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The Gray Ghost, a serial adolescent novel written by Seckatary Hawkins, is the book that Jem won from Dill on a bet earlier in the story when Jem accepted the dare to run up and touch the Radley house. The book appears in the final chapter when Atticus sits down to read to the unconscious Jem following the attack by Bob Ewell on Halloween night. Scout joins Atticus, and he begins to read the story aloud. Scout is soon dozing, and Atticus eventually leads her to her bedroom and undresses her for bed. But before Scout falls asleep, we learn that the book is "real scary"; that part of the story takes place on a ship; and that that two of the characters are Three-Fingered Fred and Stoner's Boy. We discover that Stoner's Boy--like Boo Radley--had been accused of crimes of which he was innocent; that "they all thought it was Stoner's Boy messin' up their clubhouse and throwin' ink all over it..." Scout recounts that no one knew what Stoner's Boy looked like

"... and when they finally saw him, why he hadn't done any of those things... Atticus, he was real nice..."  (Chapter 31)

Atticus replied, alluding to Boo, that

     "Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them."  (Chapter 31)

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