To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, what is "the oldest lawyer's trick on record" that Atticus tells Jem he has used to learn about the boy's game?

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Ironically, Chapter 5 of To Kill a Mockingbird opens with Jem's equivocations, a ploy which he again uses unsuccessfully at the end of the chapter with his father after he is caught trying to leave a note for Boo Radley. For, Scout narrates that her nagging at Jem to leave Boo alone has slowed down Jem's plots because Atticus does not approve; however, Jem maintains 

...that Atticus hadn't said we couldn't, therefore we could; and if Atticus ever said we couldn't,...

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