What are some quotes that best represent Boo Radley's personality in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Jem speculates about Boo in the first chapter of the novel, but those are only wild descriptions that come from the gossip he has heard--not from any actual contact. Perhaps the best quotes about Boo come in the final chapters, after Scout's fantasy has finally been realized, and she sits with Boo on the porch swing before escorting him back to the Radley House. She saw that Boo was not used to the light, and she understood why Atticus suggested that they retreat to the darkness of the porch. After she led Boo to Jem's bedroom, she saw from his "timid curiosity" that he wished to touch Jem, so she suggested that Boo pat Jem's head. When Boo finally spoke, it was only a whisper. After Boo had shut his door, never to be seen again by Scout, she realized that

Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return...
     Summer, and he watched his children's heart break. Autumn again, and Boo's children needed him.

In the final pages, Scout's description of Stoner's Boy (from The Gray Ghost) is symbolic of Boo's own personality.

"... Atticus, when they finally saw him, why he hadn't done any of those things... Atticus, he was real nice..."

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iambarney155 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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ooh i almost won a state in speech with a quote from this book

"curage is knowing you beet before you begin but you begin anyways, and you see it through no matter what"

sorry that is all i remember from the book but there is another quote about walking in another man's shoes in the story that is real good

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