To Kill a Mockingbird Summaries
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- Jem broke his arm at the elbow, but when the injury healed, he was not embarrassed by the fact that one arm was shorter than the other.
- The chapter also mentions the origins of the Finch family and the upbringing of Scout and Jem’s father, Atticus Finch.
- On the summer when scout was almost six and Jem was about ten, the two were introduced to Dill. Prediction: The kids will probably continue to mess with Boo Radley, because they all seem very interested in his “story”.
- Dill leaves Maycomb County, and returns to Meridian.
- Scout is told not to be taught by her father anymore, after Miss Caroline learned that Scout knew how to read.
- After Miss Caroline finds that Walter Cunningham has no lunch money, she discovers that Walter’s family does not have enough money to support him with money for lunch. Prediction: Scout will probably get punished multiple times throughout the year, because her conduct seems out of control.
- Scout fights Walter Cunningham in the Schoolyard for not having lunch money.
- Jem invites Walter to dinner after breaking up the fight he was in with Scout.
- Miss Caroline throws a fit when a cootie comes from Burris Ewell’s hair, and insists on sending him home. Prediction: The Ewell family will probably return and cause a huge ruckus, because of the humdrum just one of the Ewells stirred up.
- Scout finds Wrigley’s Double Mint gum inside a tree just outside of the Radley residence.
- Jem and Scout also find old Indian-Head coins from the same tree.
- Dill comes back to Maycomb for the summer, and the three kids make up a new game: Boo Radley. Prediction: Dill will probably come down to Maycomb every summer, because it seems as though he will continue to develop as a main character throughout the book.
- In chapter 5, Miss Maudie is more formally introduced as a kind woman that hates her house.
- Miss Maudie tells the children more about Boo or Arthur Radley, and disproves all the myths that the children have heard.
- The three kids write a letter in hopes that Boo would introduce himself, but Atticus catches them. Prediction: The kids will somehow get Boo Radley to come out, because they seem extremely persistent in their goal.
- At the start of the Chapter, Jem, Scout, and Dill peer through the windows on the Radley house, in hopes of seeing Boo.
- While the kids were trespassing, Nathan Radley walks out and blasts a shotgun shot, and it stirs the whole neighborhood.
- When Jem was running away, his pants were caught in a fence, and when Atticus finds the kids, Jem claims that his pants were lost in strip poker. Prediction: Nathan Radley is probably going to be a problem for the kids, because he seems like he is trying to hide Boo from the outside world.
- After the pants incident, Jem is alarmingly quiet for about a week, and later tells Scout that his pants were folded and sowed, like the Radleys were expecting him to return for his pants.
- Second grade started for Scout, and she firmly believes that it is worse than first grade, as she is still not allowed to read or write.
- Nathan Radley filled the tree that gum was found in with cement. Prediction: As a result of the tree being filled, the kids probably will not find any more gifts, because there would be nowhere to hide them.
- In this chapter, Maycomb actually experienced a winter, and the weather was the coldest it had been since 1885.
- Miss Maudie’s house catches fire; the entire neighborhood goes to help extinguish the fire.
- While Scout is in the shivering cold, Boo Radley kindly wraps her with a blanket. Prediction: As Boo’s character continues to develop, he will likely be looked at differently, because he seems kind, contrary to popular opinion.
- We get knowledge of whom Atticus is defending in court; a black man named Tom Robinson.
- Cecil Jacobs continues to taunt Scout with the fact that Atticus is defending a “negroe”.
- After being teased about Atticus by Francis, Scout had finally had enough, and started wailing on him with her fists. Prediction: By the end of the book, Scout will probably have much better self-control, because she seems to have a lot of “lessons” regarding it.
- Scout and Jem experience with their air-rifles, and are told that it is ok to shoot at birds, “but it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”.
- Tim Johnson, a rabid neighborhood dog, is shot and killed by Atticus.
- The kids learn a little bit about Atticus’s past, when Sheriff Heck Tate explains the nickname “One-Shot Finch”, a nickname for Atticus’s deadeye shooting. Prediction: As the book progresses, Jem and Scout will learn more and more about Atticus’ past, because this seems like just a start to what they might learn.
- Early in Chapter 11, we gain knowledge about Mrs. Dubose, a mean elderly woman than torments Jem and Scout.
- After Mrs. Dubose insults Atticus and his job, Jem, in a fit of rage, cuts down her camellia bushes with Scout’s baton.
- Jem apologizes to Mrs. Dubose, and, as a penance, has to read to her every Saturday. Prediction: Jem will probably form some type of bond with Mrs. Dubose, because he has to spend a considerable amount of time with her.
Chapter 12 Summaries:
- Dill did not come that summer, as he was building a new fishing boat with his new father.
- Calpurnia takes the children to her church for a Sunday service, where a collection is held to help fund the Robinson family and their needs.
- The children learn that Calpurnia is from the Finch Landing, and that she’s worked for the Finches for years. Prediction: The black population will probably show a lot of support toward the Finches during the Tom Robinson ordeal, because they seem honored to have the Finch children at their church.
- The Children learn that Aunt Alexandria will be living with them for a while, as Atticus will be busy with his case.
- The children meet their cousin, Lily Brooke, during a woman’s meeting hosted at their house.
- Scout learns that Aunt Alexandria is also staying with them to help her become more ladylike, and to live up to the Finch name. Prediction: At the end of the book, we will likely find Scout in a more ladylike state, because of the help that Aunt Alexandria provides.
- Atticus vouches for Calpurnia to stay and help with the kids, after he defends her against Aunt Alexandria.
- Dill comes with a surprise visit, after he runs away from his new family that supposedly hates him.
- Dill and Scout discuss that his new family does not hate him; he simply does not get the attention he desires from having a family. Prediction: With Atticus busy with his case, the Children, along with Dill, will devise a plan to get Boo to come out, because Atticus will not be there to scold them.