When the fire happened at Miss Maudie's place, and Scout got covered with a blanket by Boo Radley, why didn't Jem want to give it back?From To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Scout was bewildered about how she came by the blanket that warmed her as Miss Maudie's house burned in Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. But Jem figured out the origins of the blanket first. The children had done as Atticus had said and had not moved from in front of the Radley house. Scout had not brought the blanket herself. Jem realized that Nathan Radley had helped to remove a mattress, so that left only one possibility.
Jem seemed to have lost his mind. He began pouring out our secrets right and left in total disregard for my safety if not for his own, omitting nothing, knot-hole, pants and all.
"... I swear to God he ain't ever harmed us, he ain't ever hurt us, he coulda cut my throat from ear to ear that night but he tried to mend my pants instead..."
Atticus interrupted, and he agreed that the blanket--and the secrets--should remain with the Finches. Someday, he said, maybe the children could thank him.
"Thank who?" I asked.
"Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn't know it when he put the blanket around you."
My stomach turned to water and I nearly threw up when Jem held out the blanket and crept toward me. "He sneaked out of the house--turn 'round--sneaked up, an' went like this!"
Atticus said dryly, "Do not let this inspire you to further glory, Jeremy."
Jem wanted to save the blanket as a souvenir--another gift from their mysterious friend, Boo Radley.