Scout, after missing her cue to go on stage at the school pageant, is too embarrassed to leave with the crowd still around. Still wearing her ham costume, she and Jem begin their journey home once most of the people have left the school. As they're walking, Jem thinks he hears something. Scout recognizes that the sound they're hearing is the sound of someone's pants, the "swish of cotton on cotton." They realize someone is after them.
Their attacker turns out to be Bob Ewell. Jem's arm is broken in the attack, and he is carried home by the man that saves them. Scout makes her way home, and Dr. Reynolds and Sheriff Tate are called. As Scout tells Sheriff Tate the events that took place, she identifies Boo Radley as the man that saves them.