Where does superstition appear in the book?help! thank you all.

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One of the first quotes is from Dill a few pages into chapter 4:  "I smell death.  I do, I mean it."(1)

Then he says, "Jean Louis Finch, you are going to die in three days."  (an old lady taught him how to sniff out death--so he says)(2)

Jem then says, "You act like you believe in Hot Steams."  (3)Scout says, "You act like you don't."(4)

When Dill asks what they are, Jem explains:

"A Hot Steam's somebody who can't get to heaven, just wallows around on lonesome roads an' if you walk through him, when you die you'll be one too, an' you'll go around at night suckin' people's breath."(5)

Jem tells Dill that they can't be avoided, "Sometimes they stretch all the way across the road." (6) However, if one must go through it, he must say, "Angel-bright, life-in-death; get off the road, don't suck my breath." (7)

Th rest of them come from the first chapter when Jem describes Boo to Dill for the first time:

"Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks" (8)

"He dined on any raw squirrels and any cats he could catch" (9)

"That's why his hands were bloodstained--if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off." (10)

"There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face" (11)

"What teeth he had were yellow and rotten." (12)

"His eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time." (13)

A last example is when Jem says that he "figured that Mr. Radley kept him (Boo) chained to the bed most of the time." (14)

you can always look for others in chapter 1 where Scout narrates about Boo's past and when he peeps in people's windows, etc.  There are a lot of them about Boo and his so-called "doings" around town.


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