In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, what events led to Boo 'Arthur' Radley's being shut into the house?

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In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Boo Radley gets locked into his house as a young man.  When he was a child, Miss Maudie explains that Arthur always spoke nicely to her, as nice as he knew how.  She further tells them that the house Boo lives in is a sad house with  a "foot-washing Baptist" for a father who is a hard man.  Arthur had gotten into some adolescent trouble causing his father to confine him to the house.  Later, Arthur had supposedly stabbed his father in the leg with a scissors confirming for his father that Boo should be kept in the house and not allowed out.  Now, fifteen years later, Boo no longer wished to leave the house and expose the details of his life to the town and the constant curiosity and condemnation which the townspeople were quick to show to him.  He becomes a recluse living his life through a window to the outside world, but keeping the details of his life to himself.

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