What does Jem find under Scout's bed?

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gmuss25 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

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In Chapter 14, Scout ends up getting into a fight with Jem after he threatens to spank her. Shortly after their scuffle, Atticus tells them to go to bed. As Scout is getting into her bed, she steps on something warm and rather smooth. She then flicks on her bedroom light to look at what she stepped on but sees nothing. Scout then knocks on Jem's door and asks him to take a look under her bed. Scout tells her brother that she thinks that she stepped on a snake. Jem then heads to the kitchen to fetch a broom to inspect underneath Scout's bed. When he returns, Jem swipes several times under the bed, and they hear something grunt. Suddenly, Dill crawls out from underneath Scout's bed. Dill proceeds to tell Jem and Scout how he ran away from home and had been hiding underneath Scout's bed for two hours. 

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dbrooks22 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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Jem finds Dill hiding under the bed.

In chapter 14 when Scout and Jem are sent to bed early for fighting, Scout goes in to her room and steps on something "warm, resilient, and rather smooth" (Lee, chapter 14). Scout assumes that it is a snake and calls Jem to help her. He gets a broom and jabs the broom stick under the bed. After hearing grunts, Jem sees a dirty person run out from under the bed. He swings the broom and luckily misses because it is Dill. 

Dill has run away from home because he feels mistreated and he also misses Scout and Jem.  

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Jem finds Dill under her bed. Dill runs away because he was treated terribly and his step dad locked him in the basement. He does not receive love from them and feels terribly lonely. He runs away to Maycomb because the Finch family is where he will gets actual love.  

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