To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 6 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
On Dill's last night in Maycomb, he and Jem decide to peek into the Radley house. Scout, terrified, tags along. They sneak behind the Radley house, but see the shape of a man on the back porch and run. A shotgun fires behind them. As they duck under the Radley fence, Jem's pants get caught. He leaves his pants behind.
Despite all these lessons, the kids continue to be kids.
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The shotgun blast—Nathan Radley had shot into the air—wakes the neighborhood. Jem's missing pants cause suspicion, but the kids says Jem lost them playing strip poker with matches. Late that night, Jem sneaks out and retrieves his pants, and returns home unharmed.
Once again, the kids lie to protect themselves from punishment. Note, though, that even though their lie is feeble, Atticus takes them at their word. Atticus practices what he preaches: respect.
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