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THE CHILDREN AND BOO
Jem. Despite his earlier beliefs about Boo being a cat-eater and a pecan-poisoner, Jem slowly but surely comes to recognize that the gossip about Boo is not true. The last straw comes on the night of Miss Maudie's house fire, when Scout discovers Boo's blanket upon her shoulders. When Atticus suggests that they send the blanket back to Boo gift-wrapped, Jem argues against it: He has finally bought into Atticus's demands that the children observe Boo's privacy.
"... but Atticus, I swear to God he ain't ever harmed us, he ain't ever hurt us, he coulda cut my throat from ear to ear that night but he tried to mend my pants instead... he ain't ever hurt us, Atticus--" (Chapter 8)
Scout. Scout, being younger, is also slower to recognize Boo's inherent goodness. In the later chapters, she will fantasize about meeting Boo and having a grown-up conversation with him, but on the night of Maudie's fire, she is not yet ready for that. When Atticus tells her that it was Boo who placed the blanket upon her shoulders,
... my stomach turned to water and I nearly threw up when Jem held out the blanket and crept toward me. (Chapter 8)
Dill. Dill is immediately fascinated with the Radley House when he first arrives in Maycomb. After hearing all of Jem's stories about Boo, Dill's imagination takes over. It is he who spurs Jem's and Scout's own interest in Boo, and Dill quickly decides their course of action for the rest of the summer:
"Let's try and make him come out... I'd like to see what he looks like."
Jem said if Dill wanted to get himself killed, all he had to do was go up and knock on the front door. (Chapter 1)
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