To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 1-8 Summary

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Dill came up every summer. Jem, Scout and Dill spent most of the summer trying to learn more about the Radley’s. Boo Radley never comes out of his home and the children are determined to try and get him out. Dill dares Jem to touch the porch. Jem finally gives in and when he touches the porch Scout sees movement in the house.

When September comes Dill goes back to Meridian, and Scout begins to look forward to starting first grade. Jem tries to warn his sister that school and home are two completely different places. Miss Fisher is not happy to find out that Scout already knows how to read and write. Miss Fisher has come prepared to install a modern system for teaching reading, and it upsets her that Scout has managed to learn to read at home. Miss Fisher realizes that Walter Cunningham has forgotten his lunch. She gives him a quarter and is expecting a quarter in return the next day. She does not know that the Cunningham’s are very poor. Scout tries to point this out to the teacher, but gets punished. Jem decided to have Walter over for lunch. They are all eating when Scout makes fun of the way Walter eats his food. Instantly Calpurina makes Scout leave the table. Calpurina makes rules, establishes order, and must be obeyed just like any other adult.

Later that afternoon, back in school, Miss Caroline learns another lesson about country kids. Burris Ewell has "cooties". She told him to go home and while he was leaving he said some very mean gestures to her. The Ewell’s are known to go to the first day of school and never come back. After school that day Scout tells Atticus that the teacher told her to stop reading at home. Scout and Atticus make a compromise: Scout can keep on reading at home, but she will have to go back to school and try to get along better with her teacher. Nothing really interesting happens until the spring, when Scout and Jem discover that someone is leaving small objects in a knothole in an old oak tree on the corner of the Radley...
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