What season is it at the beginning of Chapter 6 in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

    It is Dill's last day in Maycomb before he must return to his home in Meridian, Mississippi, in the Harper Lee novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. So, he joins Jem and Scout on a night mission to the Radley Place with the intention of peeking inside the house from the porch. It is the closest that the children have ever gotten to the house, but when a shadow appears on the porch as Jem looks inside a window, the kids quickly depart--so hurriedly that Jem loses his pants in the collard patch. A shotgun blast is heard, since Nathan Radley believes he has chased a black visitor from his property. When the kids congregate with the other adults in the street to discuss the incident, it is discovered that Jem is pantless, and Dill explains that he lost them playing "strip poker." Dill bids a tearful goodbye, for school begins soon and summer is nearly over.

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Chapters six to seven in the novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee cover the season from summer to the beginning of Fall. Dill comes home for his summer vacation. While the children are playing, Scout gets pushed by accident right into thefeared Radley's yard - Jem has playfully pushed her in a tire which of course doesn't stop til it touches something. Poor Scout is really scared, but that doesn't stop the kids inventing imaginative tales involving Boo Radley. Then Jem tries to get a letter across to him using a fishing rod. Atticus Finch is displeased and stops the game. He tries to educate them in citizenship and respect by getting them to imagine what life is like from another person's perspective. This link will help you to see that chapter in context - it is a brief summary.

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