I cared about the characters. Things proceed fairly smoothly until they're caught by Atticus, who forbids them to set one more foot on the Radley property and to leave Mr. Jem recounts what he saw and how Helen Robinson seemed to know what was coming before Atticus even told her. When the children return home, they find Aunt Alexandra waiting for them. In fact, Burris only comes to school the first day of every school year, making a token appearance to avoid trouble with the law. Also, this might suggest to the reader that there are bigger dangers lurking in Maycomb, presumably Bob Ewell. I will have to discuss certain plot points, so be warned.
Carl Lee has to find a good lawyer. The next day, the Klan arrives on the courthouse lawn to counter the rally of the blacks, and a furious altercation erupts. Late that fall, another present appears in the knothole—two figures carved in soap to resemble Scout and Jem. Scout gets angry at being lectured and attacks Jem. After school one day, she passes the Radley Place and sees some tinfoil sticking out of a knothole in one of the Radleys' oak trees.
They're carved to look like Scout and Jem. In Chapter 2, Dill departs for the summer and Scout is excited to start school. There are several important ideas introduced in these first few chapters. When Scout returns to school after lunch, things only get worse. The subject then turns to jury trials and to how all twelve men could have convicted Tom.
Gilmer, questions Heck Tate, who recounts how, on the night of November 21, Bob Ewell urged him to go to the Ewell house and told him that his daughter Mayella had been raped. Atticus enters the home, and asks Alexandra to come into the kitchen. The children recall their fascination with Boo. After all, he did it in the open and in full view of the town. Alexandra is angry that so much responsibility in the town falls on Atticus' shoulders. Two drunk rednecks decide to rape a ten year old black girl. When Atticus asks Jem where his pants are, Dill interjects that he won Jem's pants in a game of strip poker.
Atticus refuses, and Scout suddenly comes racing out of her hiding place next door, only to realize that this group of men differs from the group that came to their house the previous night. The next day, though, delivering his closing arguments in borrowed clothes, Jake enjoys his finest hour. These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Miss Maudie informs them that Mr. Scout protests but they threaten her and before she knows it she's part of the scheme. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.
Summary: Chapters 1 — 7: The Crimes:It is a nondescript day in May, in Ford County, Mississippi, circa 1984. But these events worry Aunt Alexandra, who points out that Ewell seems to have a grudge against everyone connected with the case. In the night temperatures drop further. The church has no money for hymnals, and few of the parishioners can read, so they sing by echoing the words that Zeebo, Calpurnia's eldest son and the town garbage collector, reads from their only hymnal. They create a play that reenacts Boo's life, and continue with it all summer long until they are very nearly caught by Atticus. And I read about Grisham's attack on Stone. He tells her, Scout, Miss Maudie, and Calpurnia that Tom Robinson tried to escape from prison and, as a result, was shot seventeen times.
Insanity seems to be his only defense. Boo Radley lives up the street from Scout and Jem, and legend has it that he never comes out of his house. The trial is set for July 22. She tells the children how much she hated her old home and that she is already planning to build a smaller house and plant a larger garden. After being returned to her family, the father, Carl Lee Hailey, instantly vows revenge - despite both men being put on trail for this crime.
When they come home from school that day, they find another present hidden in the knothole: a ball of gray twine. Exultant, Jake flies to North Carolina to be reunited with his family. They don't go back inside the house until morning, and Scout is horrified to discover she's wrapped up in blanket and she has no idea where she got it. She tries to get an explanation out of Atticus as well, but she can't seem to get one that satisfies her. After her first day of school, Scout reflects on her experiences with her father, who realizes something is wrong. Surely, everybody will have own opinion about the heroes and the situation after reading. In a house down the street lives a neighbor named Boo Radley.