What is the significance of Harper Lee telling us that Scout never saw Boo again in "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

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The fact that Scout never sees Boo again gives a sense of closure to the ending.  The book started with the kids wanting Boo to come out, he has, and now he can go back inside.

It also gives Scout a secret, a special surprise, that she doesn't have to share with Jem and Dill.  For all of the times that they insisted she couldn't play with them because she is girl, she was the one who got to see Boo Radley.

Lastly, it would be unlikely that one event would cause Boo to make a sudden switch in character.  Though slightly sad that Boo goes back, Jem makes the observation earlier that Boo wants to stay in his house.  Boo made the choice to come out to save the kids and he makes the choice to stay in the house again.  He isn't being kept there against his will.

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