Jem and Scout exercise courage in chapter 6 when they raid the Radley yard at night in an attempt to get a look at their reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley. Given the various rumors and legends surrounding their neighbor, the Radley property is an ominous, creepy place, and sneaking into the yard takes courage. Scout recalls Jem and Dill's plans by saying,
Dill and Jem were simply going to peep in the window with the loose shutter to see if they could get a look at Boo Radley, and if I didn’t want to go with them I could go straight home and keep my fat flopping mouth shut, that was all (52).
During their raid, Jem is forced to leave his shorts behind to make a quick escape. Later that night, Jem exercises courage by returning to the Radley yard to retrieve his shorts. Jem does not want to disappoint Atticus and risks his life returning to the Radley yard, where Nathan Radley is possibly waiting with a shotgun. Scout fears for her brother's life and recalls watching him leave by saying,
Jem’s white shirt-tail dipped and bobbed like a small ghost dancing away to escape the coming morning. A faint breeze stirred and cooled the sweat running down my sides (58).
The Finch children also demonstrate courage in chapter 9 when they arrive at Mrs. Dubose's home to carry out Jem's punishment. Atticus makes Jem read to Mrs. Dubose as a punishment for destroying her camellias as well as a way to help her conquer her morphine addiction. Jem and Scout both fear Mrs. Dubose, who is ornery and unpredictable. Shortly after entering her spooky home, Mrs. Dubose insults Scout, and Jem comes to her defense. Scout describes the situation by saying,
Jem said quietly, "My sister ain’t dirty and I ain’t scared of you," although I noticed his knees shaking (110).
Despite being scared, Jem and Scout both exercise courage by entering Mrs. Dubose's home and remaining in her presence for an extended period of time.
Scout demonstrates courage in chapter 24 by attending Aunt Alexandra's missionary circle. Scout is a tomboy, who prefers to wear overalls and feels comfortable playing outside. Aunt Alexandra and the local ladies are intimidating, but Scout accepts the challenge by wearing a dress and behaving like a lady. Fortunately, Miss Maudie provides much-needed support, and Scout mentions,
Miss Maudie’s hand closed tightly on mine, and I said nothing. Its warmth was enough (234).