" "I've seen his tracks in our back yard many a mornin', and one night I heard him scratching on the back screen, but he was gone time Atticus got there." "
Jem ,who was 10 at the time, was telling rumors about Boo to Dill and Scout.
Jem, 12 at that time, destroys Mrs.Dubos's flowers because she calling Atticus names. Later Atticus tells Jem to not mind her because she is sick and old. Jem sees Mrs.Dubos throw "fits" because she is a morphine addict. She later dies and Atticus explains to Jem that he would have sent him to read to Mrs.Dubos because she was sick. Also to show Jem what real courage was.
" " --I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand." " (Lee 149)
Jem shows growth by questioning his father's cases and not just accepting it. He also understands that his father will be in trouble if he leaves with the other kids.