Why do Dill and Jem want to give Boo Radley a note? What does Atticus say when he finds out about their plan?

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After a summer of reenacting what the children thought were scenes from the Radley household, in their made up game, “Boo Radley,” Jem and Dill decide they want to ask Boo out for ice cream.  They get a long fishing pole and attempt to poke the note through a window of the Radley place.  Atticus catches them, and he gives them a lecture about minding their own business and leaving the Radleys alone.  He tells them to “stop tormenting that man” with their games and antics.  The kids decide to leave Boo alone for a while until they sneak onto the Radley porch and try to peer through a window.  They see a dark shadow and run off only to hear a shotgun blast behind them.  The children’s innocent curiosity of a legendary spooky town figure leads them to want to befriend the reclusive Boo.  It is the last time they play games with the Radleys, but they later meet Boo after he saves Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell’s attack. 

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