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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....

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