In To Kill a Mockingbird, what started the chain of events leading to Jem’s breaking his arm, according to Jem? Who started it according to Scout?

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At the beginning of the novel, Scout describes her brother's injury and mentions that she believes the chain of events that led to Jem's broken arm started with the Ewells. Scout feels that her father's defense of Tom Robinson embarrassed Bob Ewell, who took offense at Atticus's efforts and sought revenge. Bob Ewell was infuriated by the fact that Atticus valiantly defended Tom and apparently ruined his own reputation, which is why he decided to attack Jem and Scout as they were walking home from the Maycomb Halloween festival. During the attack, Bob Ewell broke Jem's arm but was unable to cause further damage because Boo Radley intervened.

While Scout believes the Ewells started the chain of events that led to Jem breaking his arm, Jem maintains that it all started when Dill first arrived in Maycomb and gave them the idea of making Boo Radley come out of his house. Scout responds by saying that if they wanted to take a broader view of things, the chain of events leading to Jem's broken...

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