"'You reckon we oughta write a letter to whoever's leaving us these things?'" (Lee 61).
A Caring Brother
"Jem through open the gate and sped to the side of the house, slapped it with his palm and ran back past us, not wanting to see if his foray was successful" (Lee 15). This quote shows that Jem is brave because he did not back down from Dill's frightening dare and was able to successfully touch the Radley house. The children of Maycomb are very afraid of the Radley house, and Jem's bravery shows when he not only enters the property, but also goes all the way up to the house.
We are going to play to Boo Radley Game!
This quote shows that Jem is kind because he wanted to thank the person who was leaving the gifts in the knot hole for him and Scout. He could have continued to take what they found and not care about who was leaving it, but he was kind and instead had the desire to thank them because he appreciated the gifts.
Why were my pants folded and resewn??
"Jem's breath came in sobs: "Fence by the schoolyard!- hurry Scout!" Jem held the bottom wire; Dill and I rolled through..." (Lee 53). This quote shows that Jem is a caring brother because when faced with danger, Jem tried to make sure Scout was able to escape before he tried to escape. He made sure that Scout was able to get out of the Radley's yard before he tried to get under the wire himself, which shows that he is a responsible big brother and that he cares for Scout.
"I didn't know how you were going to do it," he said to Jem, "but from now on I'll never worry about what'll become of you, son, you'll always have an idea" (Lee 67).
"Jem's head at times was transparent: he had thought that up to make me understand he wasn't afraid of the Radleys in any shape or form, to contrast his own fearless heroism with my cowardice" (Lee 38). This quote shows that Jem is prideful because Scout can see that the only reason he wants to play the Boo Radley game is so that Scout and Dill will think that he is brave. He wants to protect his pride and have others view him as fearless, so he creates a game that will scare Scout. Compared to her, he will look brave.
"He came up the back steps, latched the door behind him, and sat on his cot. Wordlessly, he held up his pants" (Lee 57). This quote shows that Jem is stealthy because he was able to sneak back onto the Radley lot without being heard by Mr. Nathan Radley. If Jem was loud and clumsy, he would have either been shot at by Mr. Radley, or he would have gotten in trouble with Atticus in the morning.
This quote shows that Jem is clever because he thought of a way to create a snowman in Maycomb, despite not having enough real snow to properly do so. His cleverness is also being acknowledged by Atticus in this quote, which shows that others can see that Jem is a clever person. This was Jem's first experience with snow as well, which shows that despite never working with snow before, he was clever enough to figure out how to construct a nice snowman.