What was the "code of childhood" according to Scout?

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One night shortly before the Tom Robinson trial began, Scout stepped on something in her room that she thought may have been a snake. When Jem came in to investigate, he found it was not a reptile, but Dill hiding under the bed. Dill had run away from home and taken a train and then walked to Maycomb. He was dirty and hungry. He told his tale of woe: His father hated him and bound him in chains in the basement. He had to eat raw peas to survive. After absorbing his story, Jem "rose and broke the remaining code of our childhood." He ratted out Dill to his father, Atticus, and betrayed their childhood trust. Of course, Jem knew that Atticus would treat Dill fairly, and after notifying Aunt Rachel, a call to Dill's parents assured him a longer stay in Maycomb.

mkcapen1 | Student

In the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" Scout is going through the room after having had an argument with Jem.  She passes by the bed and thinks that she has bumped against a snake.  She goes and gets Jem to look.  Jem goes to the room and discovers that it is Dill hiding under the bed.  Dill is dirty and hungry.  Scout brings him some food.  Dill had stolen some money from his mother's purse and had run away from his new step father.   Jem tells his father that Dill is in the house.  Jem has displayed maturity, but to Scout he has broke the" remaining code of our childhood."(141)   Not telling on someone was the remaining code of childhood.  Jem had tattled.

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