Why does Scout disapprove of Jem's and Dill's plan of looking in at one of the Radley's windows in Chapter 6 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Scout doesn't specifically say why she opposes Jem's and Dill's plan to sneak around to the back of the Radley House and try to peek in through the window with the loose shutter. But there are several reasons why she objects. First, it is a full--or at least a "gigantic"--moon, and it is lighter outside than usual. Secondly, it is Dill's last night in Maycomb before he returns to Meridian, and Scout would probably like to spend it with him in some other manner than sneaking around the Radley Place. Third, Atticus has warned them repeatedly to stay away from the Radley property and to "stop tormenting that man." Perhaps most importantly, Scout was still scared to death of the possibility of meeting up with Boo--especially at night. But Jem's taunts--"you're gettin' more like a girl every day!"--led her to join them, and Jem's reasoning seemed logical.

     Because nobody could see them at night, because Atticus would be so deep in a book he wouldn't hear the Kingdom coming, because if Boo Radley killed them they'd miss school instead of vacation, and because it was easier to see inside a dark house in the dark than in the daytime...

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