"When it was time to play Boo's big scene, Jem would sneak into the house, steal the scissors from the sewing machine drawer when Calpurnia's back was turned, then sit in the swing and cut up newspapers."
"Dill would walk by, cough at Jem and Jem would fake a plunge into Dill's thigh."
"When Mr. Nathan Radley passed us on his daily trip to town, we would stand still and silent until he was out of sight, then wonder what he would do to us if he suspected..."
"Our activities halted when any of the neighbors appeared, and once I saw Miss Maudie Atkinson staring across the street at us, her hedge clippers poised in midair."
"One day we were so busily playing Chapter XXV, Book ll of One Man's Family, we did not see Atticus standing on the sidewalk looking at us, slapping a rolled up magazine against his knee."
"What are you all playing?"
"What are you doing with those scissors, then? Why are you tearing up that newspaper? If it's today's I'll tan you."
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