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The two shiny Indian-head pennies were the final gifts the children received in the knothole from their mysterious benefactor. The pennies seemed to trigger more of a response from Jem than Scout; to Jem, they were magical tokens of good fortune, and probably the most valuable items the children had yet received. Perhaps it was this magical belief that led Jem to decide to try and find the owners at school in case the coins were left in the tree only temporarily. After all, it would be bad luck to steal such powerful items from their rightful owner.
When they find the pennies, they both seem more mature and wonder if they could find the owner to give them back their pennies.
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