In chapter 7, Jem and Scout find a present left in the knothole; two figures carved in soap to resemble them. Also left in the tree is chewing gum, a medal, and a pocket watch.
In chapter 8, Atticus wakes Scout and Jem and tells them to go outside. Miss Maudie's house is on fire. The neighbours are helping save furniture and the fire truck arrives in time to stop the fire from spreading, but her house burns to the ground.
In chapter 9,Francis tells Scout that Dill is a runt and calls Atticus a "nigger lover." Scout gets angry and beats him up. Francis tells Alexandra what happened and Uncle Jack spanks her without hearing her side.