What superstitions are evident in the first six chapters of To Kill a Mockingbird?The superstitions can be about anything.

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Chapter 1.  There are the superstitious stories and gossip told about Boo Radley: how his breath killed azaleas, how Negroes walked on the other side of the street--and whistled--when passing the Radley house, and how Radley pecans were poisoned. 

Chapter 3.  Walter Cunningham Jr. recounts how he nearly died from the Radley's " 'pizened' " pecans he once ate.

Chapter 4.  Jem worries that Scout may have been poisoned (again, referring to the poisoned pecans superstition) by the chewing gum found in the Radley oak. The Indian-head pennies found in the secret knothole were considered " 'real strong magic' " and " 'good luck' " by Jem. The children discuss Hot Steams (a spirit who " 'can't get to heaven' ") and how reciting an incantation can prevent one from " 'wrappin around you--' ".

Chapter 5.  Miss Maudie calls the rumors about Boo Radley " '... three-fourths colored folks and one-fourth Stephanie Crawford' ".

Chapter 6.  The children discuss the "cross" and "lady" seen (or not seen) in the moon, and after returning to the Radley's back yard to retrieve his lost pants, Jem "dipped and bobbed like a small ghost dancing away to escape the coming morning."

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