Who was the man who rescued Jem and Scout? Describe him.

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Boo Radley is the person who rescued Jem and Scout.  The two children were walking back home after the school pageant that day.  Scout was embarrassed about having messed up in the school performance, so Scout and Jem waited to go home until everyone else had left. 

On their walk home, Jem and Scout heard someone following them. They thought it was a friend of theirs who had earlier followed them and scared them.  When Jem realizes that it isn't Cecil, he tells Scout to run home.  They are attacked at that moment.  Scout can't really tell what is going on, because her costume keeps getting in the way.  She hears struggling and is suddenly grabbed and then released.  Scout then sees someone carrying Jem back to her house.  She runs home, sees her father and Aunt Alexandra, the doctor comes, and Scout goes in to see Jem.  In the room is an unknown man that Scout realizes is Boo Radley; he saved them from Bob Ewell's attack. 

Scout's description of Boo appears in the next chapter and is as follows:

"As I pointed he brought his arms down and pressed the palms of his hands against the wall. They were white hands, sickly white hands that had never seen the sun, so white they stood out garishly against the dull cream wall in the dim light of Jem’s room.

I looked from his hands to his sand-stained khaki pants; my eyes traveled up his thin frame to his torn denim shirt. His face was as white as his hands, but for a shadow on his jutting chin. His cheeks were thin to hollowness; his mouth was wide; there were shallow, almost delicate indentations at his temples, and his gray eyes were so colorless I thought he was blind. His hair was dead and thin, almost feathery on top of his head."

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Boo Radley. His face was a white as his hands, but for a shadow in his jutting chin.  His cheeks were thin to hollowness; his mouth was wide; there were shallow, almost delicate indentations at his temples, adn his gray eyes were so colorless I thought he was blind.  His hair was dead and thin, almost feathery on top of his head." Chapter 29

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