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What facts are revealed about the Radleys in chapter 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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In the opening chapter of the novel, Scout describes her small town of Maycomb and introduces the audience to the obscure Radley family. Although Scout elaborates on the numerous rumors that surround the Radleys, she does share some specific facts about the family. The audience learns that the Radley residence is three doors south of the Finch residence, and the Maycomb school grounds adjoin the back of the Radley lot. The Radley home is also described as a dilapidated, slate-gray house with rain-rotted shingles and an unkempt yard with johnsongrass and rabbit-tobacco growing in abundance.

The Radley family is not a social group of people; they enjoy their privacy. Scout mentions that the family does not attend church and Mr. and Mrs. Radley used to live in the house with their two sons. Scout also describes Mr. Radley as a "thin leathery man" with colorless eyes and says that he never spoke to her or Jem . The audience also learns that Arthur's brother, Nathan, lived in Pensacola and would...

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