Why does Scout quiz Atticus about his visit to the Radley house in Chapter 8 of To Kill a Mockingbird? How much does he tell her?

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In Chapter 8 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus paid a visit to the Radley house after old Mrs. Radley died, and naturally, Jem and Scout wondered if Atticus had seen Boo. Scout assumed that Boo "had got her at last," but, much to her disappointment, Atticus told the children that she had died of natural causes. Jem was afraid to ask Atticus the big question, so he made Scout do it. When she asked if he had seen "Mr. Arthur,"

Atticus looked sternly around his newspaper at me: "I did not"

was all he would say. Jem warned Scout not to press the issue, since Atticus "was still touchous" about their curiosity concerning Boo--and their playing of the Radley game.

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