What final statement by Jem makes Scout finally go along with the plan to peek in the windows of the Boo Radley's in chapter 6?

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cldbentley | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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Jem says, "Scout, I'm tellin' you for the last time, shut your trap or go home--I declare to the Lord you're gettin' more like a girl every day!"

Jem and Dill were Scout's only real "summer" friends, and they were both boys, so she needed to keep up.  At this point in the story, Scout doesn't think there is much good in being a female.  Later in the story, observation and interaction with Calpurnia open her eyes to the fact that there is "some skill" necessary to be a girl.

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Jem does the worst thing that a brother can do to his younger, tomboy sister.  He suggests that Scout is too much of a girl to handle this type of adventure.  Scout, as evidenced by her choice of clothing, isn't fond of the idea of being a "girl."  She wants to be like her older brother and her father, both of whom she idolizes.  Jem understands this and plays his cards right.


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