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Chapter 8 of To Kill a Mockingbird is an exciting one for Scout. She awakes in the middle of the night thinking that "The world's endin', Atticus!" It is her first glimpse of snowfall, and she and Jem spend that morning building their first snowman. Later that night, they are both awakened by Atticus, who escorts them from the house. They quickly smell the smoke and recognize that a neighbor's home is burning: It is Miss Maudie's. The children watch as neighbors manage to save some of her furniture, waiting for the slow-moving Maycomb fire truck to arrive. Afterward, Scout has yet another surprise. When she discovers a blanket draped across her shoulders, Atticus explains that it had been placed there by Boo Radley--without her ever realizing it.
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