Chapter 8 is filled with excitement and suspense. It snows which is a rare thing in Alabama. School is canceled, and the children have the rare occasion to build a snow man, which later becomes a snow woman. Atticus did not like the snowman's resemblance to Mr. Avery, so the snow person was altered. We learn that Mr. Avery is superstitious about everything.
Then the fire destroys Mrs. Maudie's house. All of the people come out and battle the blaze. They form a bucket brigade and help as best they can to protect their own property from the flying sparks and help Mrs. Maudie with her own tragedy. The children see their own father helping right along with the other people. The children learn from their father the true marks of a hero.
Sometime in all the excitement, a blanket appears over Scout's shoulders. To her amazement, her father tells her that it was given to her by Arthur Radley or Boo as the children refer to him. How did her daddy know this? Was he watching out of the corner of his eye while fighting the fire? Scout learns that Boo is kind and generous and not to be feared as others in the community believe. She learns that Boo is a real person with a kind heart.
Finally Mrs. Maudie appears, exhausted from her battle with the blazes, perky as ever. Even though she has suffered the tragic loss of her home and physically exhausted and drained, she is planning her new house right on the same property as the one that burned up. The children learn that Mrs. Maudie is resiliant and optimistic.