What game did the children start playing during the summer in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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The children had become bored with their play acting game involving "Tom and Sam and Dick"--the Rover Boys. Since Dill was still particularly fascinated with the Radley house and the possibility of catching a glimpse of Boo, Jem came up with a novel idea: They would create their own "melancholy little drama" based on the lives of the Radleys. Jem would play Boo, Dill would be old Mr. Radley, and Scout would reluctantly portray Mrs. Radley. Scout "never thought it was as much fun as Tarzan," but the game went on. They would pause their production when adults, such as Nathan Radley or Miss Maudie, would appear, but Atticus soon caught on to the origin of the characters. He became curious while the children were performing "Chapter XXV, Book II of One Man's Family," but their production would become known simply as "The Radley Game."

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