SHOULD BOO BE CHARGED WITH MURDER? (Chapter 30)... Scout overhears much of the conversation between Atticus and Sheriff Heck Tate concerning Bob Ewell's death. Tate firmly tells Atticus that his official report would be that Ewell's death was accidental and self-inflicted--that " 'Ewell fell on his knife.' " In this way, Boo would not have to suffer the indignity of a trial. By this time Scout understands that it must have been Boo that saved her and Jem by knifing Bob himself. She told Atticus,
"Mr. Tate was right."
Atticus disengaged himself and looked at me. "What do you mean?"
"Well, it'd be sorta like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?"
MEETING BOO (Chapter 31)... Scout had finally realized that Boo was not a monster; he was her hero. She had already considered the lonely life he must have experienced shut up inside the Radley house, but now, after meeting him, she had a chance to prove her friendship.
"Mr. Arthur, bend your arm down here, like that. That's right, sir.
I slipped my hand into the crook of his arm.
He had to stoop a little to accommodate me, but if Miss Stephanie Crawford was watching from her upstairs window, she would see Arthur Radley escorting me down the sidewalk, as any gentleman would do.
MISS CAROLINE (Chapter 3)... Scout never got along with her first grade teacher, Miss Caroline, but she did feel sorry for her (at least a little bit) on her first day of school. After Burris Ewell called her a " 'snot-nosed slut,' " Scout and the rest of the kids tried to console her.
Soon we were clustered around her desk, trying in our various ways to comfort her.