To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Why didn't Jem want Scout to tell Atticus about Bob Ewell's comment [end of chapter 25] It might worry Atticus a bit, but it would have alerted him to the fact that Ewell was after his children, not...

Why didn't Jem want Scout to tell Atticus about Bob Ewell's comment [end of chapter 25]

It might worry Atticus a bit, but it would have alerted him to the fact that Ewell was after his children, not him, wouldn't it? I don't get why Jem wanted Scout to stay quiet about it.

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Atticus has already made it clear that he isn't afraid of Bob Ewell and thinks his threats are are just talk. As has already been mentioned, Jem is growing up, and he feels the need to prove it. The incident of him showing his chest is just one...

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