What are some of the town secrets in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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1. Mr. Radley and Nathan Radley keep Boo inside the home through mysterious, unknown means. In chapter 5, Miss Maudie tells Scout that she doesn't know what secrets lie behind the Radley's closed doors.

2.Jem, Scout, and Dill were the intruders who raided the Radley yard.

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1. Mr. Radley and Nathan Radley keep Boo inside the home through mysterious, unknown means. In chapter 5, Miss Maudie tells Scout that she doesn't know what secrets lie behind the Radley's closed doors.

2. Jem, Scout, and Dill were the intruders who raided the Radley yard.

3. Mrs. Dubose battled a morphine addiction, which she was able to beat before her death.

4. The Old Sarum bunch sent Sheriff Tate on a "snipe hunt" and traveled into town the night before the trial in hopes of lynching Tom Robinson. However, Atticus was waiting outside of the Maycomb jailhouse to prevent them from harming Tom.

5. The real reason why Dolphus Raymond's wife blew her head off using a shotgun right before their wedding.

6. Bob Ewell likely abuses his daughter.

7. One of the Cunninghams from Old Sarum voted for Tom Robinson's acquittal while the jury was deliberating.

8. Toward the end of the novel, Sheriff Tate refuses to inform the town about Boo Radley's heroics in order to protect him from the community's limelight. Instead, Sheriff Tate tells the community that Bob Ewell fell on his own knife and died.

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MAYCOMB'S SECRETS

  • Dill's Aunt Rachel is a closet drinker, sneaking "a pint for breakfast every morning."
  • The knothole in the Radley tree and the gifts that Jem and Scout received.
  • Mr. Avery's long distance peeing exhibition.
  • The real reason Jem lost his pants in the Radley collard patch.
  • Mrs. Dubose's morphine addiction.
  • Miss Maudie's much-guarded recipe for Lane cake.
  • The Finches' illustrious relative, Joshua St. Clair, tried to shoot the president of the University of Alabama.
  • The names of the "wicked children" who hid the Barber sisters' furniture in the basement one Halloween.
  • That Boo Radley actually killed Bob Ewell.
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