To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Why is Jem crying at the end of chapter 7 in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Boo Radley is an important figure in the lives of the children in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.   Jem, Scout, and Dill spend much of the summer time playing games about Boo Radley, the mysterious man who lives next door. The children have never actually seen him. 

The last night of the summer the children decide that they will try to look in the Radley’s window.  Boo’s father hears a noise and shoots his shotgun.  This scares the children, and Jem loses his pants in the barbed wire fence. Later Jem goes back for his pants and discovers that they have been mended and folded neatly waiting for him on the fence.

Scout does not understand the importance of the mended pants.  On the other hand, Jem’s maturity enables him to appreciate this as something that Boo has done to help him.

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