Why is Scout pleased when Jem fights her back in Chapter 14 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Jem's growth spurts prior to Chapter 14 of To Kill a Mockingbird had created a gap between the two children that angered Scout. His

... maddening superiority was unbearable these days.

Jem had scolded her for antagonizing Aunt Alexandra, and he ordered her to stop. When he compared himself to "grown folks" and threatened to "spank" Scout, she could take no more. Recognizing that he would be an easy target since he was sitting on the bed,

... it was easy to grab his front hair and land one on his mouth.

Calling him a "damn Morphodite," Scout attacked, landing the first punch. Jem soon overpowered her, and it took Atticus to split them up, but Scout was happy in defeat because, once again, the two children

... were still equals.


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