What does Jem buy with his birthday money?

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In chapter 11, Jem turns twelve years old and takes Scout to the store to spend some of his birthday money. Unfortunately, Mrs. Dubose makes several derogatory comments about Atticus on their way to the store. After Mrs. Dubose says, "Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!," Jem becomes extremely angry and turns scarlet red (Lee, 105).

At the store, Jem purchases a toy steam engine for himself and buys Scout a baton from Elmore’s. On their trip back home, Jem takes Scout's baton and destroys Mrs. Dubose's camellia bush. Jem then bends Scout's baton over his knee until it snaps in two. Scout is both shocked and appalled by her brother's actions and can do nothing except scream. Jem proceeds to yank Scout's hair and threaten her before returning home, where he awaits his punishment from Atticus.

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