Jem and Dill grew closer as the summer progressed, and I began to feel left out of their friendship. As a result, I started spending much of my time with one of my neighbors: Miss Maudie Atkinson, a widow with a talent for gardening and cake baking.
Arthur Radley is still alive, and my theory is that he is the victim of his harsh father, the “foot-washing” Baptist. He was always polite and friendly as a child. Most of the rumors about him are false, but if he wasn’t crazy as a boy, he probably is by now.
Call a little louder, Jack Finch, and they'll hear you at the post office, I haven't heard you yet!
Miss Maudie had known Uncle Jack Finch, Atticus's brother, since they were children. Nearly the same age, they had grown up together at Finch's Landing. Miss Maudie was the daughter of a neighboring landowner, Dr. Frank Buford. Dr. Buford's profession was medicine and his obsession was anything that grew in the ground, so he stayed poor. Uncle Jack Finch confined his passion for digging to his window boxes in Nashville and stayed rich.
I was awakened to Jem and Dill in deep conversation. When I joined them and asked what they were talking about as usual they said go away, but, after negotiation they allowed me to stay. I found out what they were planning to do: use a fishing pole to put a note to Boo through one of the upper windows of the Radley Place.
We are going to give a note to Boo Radley and you have to do it with us.
Can't get it off the pole or if I got it off I can't make it stay. G'on back down the street, Scout.
When we put the plan into action, Jem had some difficulty maneuvering the fishing pole, which was too short to reach the window.
Stop tormenting that man. If he wanted to come out, he would. If he wanted to stay inside his own house, he could. How would you like it if I barged in on you without knocking, when you were in your rooms at night? You are, in effect, doing the same thing to Mr. Radley.
We later got caught by Atticus.,,,
For the whole trip home Atticus and Jem kept bickering. Atticus, using his lawyer skills, tricked Jem into admitting we made our play off of the Radleys. It was easy to say Atticus was fed up with our actions and behaviour.
I thought I wanted to be a lawyer but I ain't so sure now!