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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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What Does Jem Confess To Scout

In Chapter 7 of To Kill a Mockingbird, what is ironic about Jem's telling Scout about the pants on that specific day?

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Jem had been unusually quiet about his late night excursion to the Radley house to retrieve his lost pants. But he finally opened up to Scout, confessing that when he returned to the Radley property, he found his pants waiting for him folded upon the fence--freshly stitched in a "crooked" manner. Later that day, Jem and Scout passed by the secret knot-hole in the Radley oak and, ironically, found a ball of twine--possibly the same string that was used to stitch up Jem's pants. Yet it was still not clear to the children that the gifts had come from Boo since Jem believed that the knot-hole was probably "some little kid's (hiding) place."

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