Where in To Kill a Mockingbird do Jem and Scout find out that Boo Radley is the one leaving gifts in the tree for them?

Jem and Scout find out that Boo Radley is the one leaving gifts for them in chapter 7 of To Kill a Mockingbird, shortly after Jem, Scout, and Dill's adventure of sneaking onto the Radley property.

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It is in chapter 7 that Scout and Jem figure out that Boo Radley is leaving gifts for them in the knothole of the tree. This is shortly after an incident when Jem, Scout and Dill had gone to sneak around the Radley yard, and Jem gets his pants caught in the fence while trying to make a speedy getaway.

After Scout found that somebody had made an effort to fix his pants and left them hanging over the fence for him to find, he and Jem find a ball of twine hidden in the knothole. Unsure whether or not it is meant for them, the siblings leave the twine alone for a few days. Eventually, they decide to keep it.

The next gift to be found is pair of soap dolls made to imitate Jem's attempt to walk like an Egyptian. This confirms to the Finch children that the gifts are being left specifically for them. Next to be found is a broken watch and a knife on a chain. According to Atticus, the watch would be worth ten dollars if it was working, but despite Jem's best efforts to fix the watch, it remains broken. The watch, however, remains significant to Jem, which we know because he continues to wear it.

Unfortunately, the knothole proves to be a short-term receptacle of gifts, because once Mr. Nathan Radley figures out what's going on, he fills the knothole with cement, feeding the Finch children a lie that this had been done because the tree was sick.

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In chapter 7, Scout and Jem begin receiving several small gifts in the knothole of the Radley tree from an anonymous gift giver. The children receive a ball of gray twine, a whole package of chewing gum, and two carved soap dolls. Initially, the children believe the knothole is someone's hiding spot and wonder if Mr. Avery carved the soap figures and put them in the tree. Later on, the children receive an old spelling bee medal, a broken pocket watch, and an aluminum knife. While Scout has no idea of the anonymous gift giver's identity, Jem has a feeling that Boo Radley is the person leaving them small gifts. When Jem decides to leave the anonymous gift giver a note in the knothole of the tree, Scout metions that he debated on telling Atticus about their situation. Scout then says,

He [Jem] had been on the verge of telling me something all evening; his face would brighten and he would lean toward me, then he would change his mind. He changed it again. (Lee, 16)

While Harper Lee does not explicitly say that Jem is aware that Boo Radley is the person giving them small gifts, it is implied that he knows that Boo is the gift giver. However, Jem never shares this information with Scout, who continues to view Boo as a "malevolent phantom." Unfortunately, Nathan Radley fills the knothole with cement to prevent Boo from attempting to communicate with the children.

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In chapter 8 of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem is the first one to come to the conclusion that Boo Radley is the one behind the gifts they find in the tree's knothole. This information does not come easy, though, because Jem takes some time to examine the types of gifts that are received; then, he compares them to the strange goings-on around the Radleys' home. For example, on the night that Jem sneaks up to the back porch of the Radleys' house, he loses his pants on the fence when he runs away. When Jem goes back to fetch his pants later that night, he finds them crudely mended, folded up, and waiting for him--as though a friend helps him to avoid punishment for sneaking around that night. 

Next, as gifts show up in the knothole of the tree, Jem takes them to Atticus for help to examine their origins and purpose. This helps him to determine that only a kind-hearted person would share spelling medals from school, a broken pocket watch, and carved soap dolls with neighborhood children--not a boogeyman that some people like Stephanie Crawford would have the town believe. 

Finally, on the night of the Miss Maudie's house fire, Scout receives a blanket from someone who cannot be accounted for among the neighbors helping with the fire. As a result, Jem decides that Boo Radley is the generous benefactor of the blanket and the gifts in the tree as follows:

"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, knothole, pants and all. . . 'Mr. Nathan put cement in that tree, Atticus, an' he did it to stop us findin' things--he's crazy, I reckon, like they say, but Atticus, I swear to God he ain't ever harmed us, he [Boo] ain't ever hurt us, he coulda cut my throat from ear to ear that night but he tried to mend my pants instead . . . he ain't ever hurt us, Atticus--" (72).

The above passage shows that Jem believes that Boo is a kind and generous person trying to communicate with the children through the knothole by giving them gifts. Mr. Nathan Radley, on the other hand, is the one who stops it because "he's crazy." As a result of Jem's outburst of information to Atticus in chapter 8, Scout learns that Boo is the benefactor behind the gifts in the tree as well.

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