School is cancelled because of snow the day after Mrs. Radley dies. The children play in the snow, making a figure that is a parody of Mr. Avery, who has told the children the bad weather has come about because of their misdeeds. Atticus admires the Jem and Scout's sculpting skills, but makes them alter the snow-person's appearance, saying "you can't go around making caricatures of the neighbors".
Later that night, Miss Maudie's house burns down, and Atticus brings the children outside because the flames are threatening the Finch house as well. The children wait in the freezing cold until the conflagration is out and the firemen have left, and when Jem and Scout return home, she finds she is clutching an unfamiliar blanket. She does not remember where she got it, but Atticus tells her that in all the confusion of the night before, the mysterious Arthur Radley (Boo) placed it gently over her. shoulders.
The next day, Miss Maudie, typically upbeat, makes plans to replace her house (Chapter 8).
Boo aka: Arthur Radley