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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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What are some quotes from Scout that are about Jem in Chapters 7 and 8?

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Chapter 7 Quotes:

"Jem stayed moody and silent for a week. As Atticus had once advised me to do, I tried to climb into Jem's skin and walk around in it: if I had gone alone to the Radley Place at two in the morning, my funeral would have been held the next afternoon. So I left Jem alone and tried not to bother him." (Lee 77)

Scout's actions depict her taking into consideration her father's life lesson. By "climbing into Jem's skin" she is maturing and developing morally. Scout is beginning to view situations from other people's point of view, which is an important lesson Atticus teaches Scout following her rough first day of school.

"The sixth grade seemed to please him from the beginning: he went through a brief Egyptian Period that baffled me---he tried to walk flat a great deal, sticking one arm in front of him and one in back of him, putting one foot behind the other. He declared Egyptians walked that way." (Lee 79)

Scout's description of her brother misinterpreting Egyptian art portrays him as an innocent, naive child. Jem actually thinks that Egyptians walked stiff because of the way they were represented in hieroglyphs, which could not be further from the truth. The fact that Jem is excited to share what he learned depicts his affinity for school and education.

Chapter 8 Quotes:

"Jem scooped up some snow and began plastering it on. He permitted me to cover only the back, saving the public parts for himself." (Lee 89)

In typical Jem fashion, he takes the lead on building the snowman and lets Scout sparingly participate. Scout, being the younger sibling, is usually following Jem's lead and wants to partake in everything he does. The two children mix dirt and snow together to form a snowman which resembles their neighbor, Mr. Avery.

"Jem seemed to have lost his mind. He began pouring out our secrets right and left in total disregard for my safety if not for his own, omitting nothing, knot-hole, pants and all." (Lee 96)

After Atticus mentions that Boo Radley gave Scout a blanket to warm her while the children were outside watching Maudie's house fire, Jem begins confessing their various encounters regarding Boo Radley. Scout thinks that Atticus is going to punish them for bothering Boo, but Atticus simply laughs and thinks it's best to keep the blanket to themselves.

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