What incidents lead up to the climax of the Boo Radley subplot?

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From the beginning of the story, Scout, Jem, and Dill were fascinated with the legend of Boo Radley. From the role play in the yard to dares to touch the house and front door, Boo was the center of the children's lives. After the shotgun blast, which caused Jem to leave his overalls  tangled in barbed wire, to the gifts left in the knothole of the tree, a benevolent influence from the Radley property was in evidence. During the fire at Miss Maudie's some kindly neighbor, probably Boo, wrapped a blanket around Scout's shoulder unnoticed. Although the children weren't really aware of where these kindnesses were coming from, an astute reader wouldn't be shocked by the ending. The outcome of the trial left Atticus's children in danger from Bob Ewell as did their attendance at the Robinson house the night Tom was shot escaping. Boo watched the children come and go over the two year span, keeping a neighborly eye out for an opportunity to be a good friend. The night of the attack was no different, but it made all the difference in the world to the two young victims of a brutal racist.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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