What are some rumors that are spread about Boo Radley?I need 3 quotes.

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Chapter 1, Jem spreads several rumors about Boo Radley by imaginatively describing his appearance to Dill. Jem says,

"There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time" (Lee 10). 

Jem's description makes Boo Radley seem like a monstrous, dangerous individual.

In Chapter 3, Jem invites Walter Cunningham Jr. over for dinner. As they are walking past the Radley home, Jem asks Walter if he's ever heard of Boo. Walter says,

"Reckon I have...Almost died first year I come to school an et them pecans---folks say he pizened 'em and put 'em over on the school side of the fence" (Lee 16).

Walter spreads the rumor that Boo Radley maliciously attempts to harm children by poisoning his own pecan tree.

In Chapter 5, Scout visits Miss Maudie's home and has a conversation with her on the front porch about Boo Radley. Scout asks Maudie if Boo Radley is dead and says,

"Maybe he died and they stuffed him up the chimney" (Lee 27).

Scout then tells Maudie that Jem told her that rumor about Boo Radley. Even Boo's possible death is surrounded by rumors and becomes a topic of conversation.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are many stories told about Boo Radley in To Kill A Mockingbird, and some are undoubtedly true. The following stories are probably rumors, rather than facts:

Boo bit off his mother's finger one night when he couldn't find any cats or squirrels to eat. (Chapter 4)

While his mother sat around the house and cried, "Boo slowly whittled away all the furniture in the house." (Chapter 4)"

"Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks." (Chapter 1)

"He dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch." (Chapter 1)

His hands were bloodstained because once you ate a raw animal, the blood would not wash off. (Chapter 1)

lcassidy eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is also rumored the he stabbed one of his family members with a pair of scissors.

taralynne1 | Student

he got into trouble with the law and his father imprisoned him in his house

abbey12 | Student

about six and a half feet tall, dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch pg. 13

saud2121 | Student

hey ther is also a the time where he is stuffed up a chimney and they say he is already dead ( chapter 4) page 51 in my book

and more on the next page if that heps

saud2121 | Student

hey ther is also a the time where he is stuffed up a chimney and they say he is already dead ( chapter 4) page 51 in my book

and more on the next page if that heps

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