Jem and Scout walk from their house to the high school, Jem carrying Scout's ham costume.
Aint you scared of the haints?
You ruined my pageant!!
They go to the auditorium, and Scout wriggles into her slightly mashed ham costume. But she falls asleep and misses her cue, earning a big scolding from Mrs. Merriweather.
They go home in the middle of night, & feel someone following them. They start getting nevous.
Its probably just Cecil
Then the stalker runs towards them, and it's not a kid. It's a man. Jem screams at Scout to run, but she's off-kilter in her ham costume and she falls to the ground.
Scout runs back towards Jem and crashes into a man's stomach.The man squeezes her until she can barely breathe, but suddenly falls backwards; Scout thinks Jem must have gotten up.The night is quiet again, except for the sound of a man wheezing.Scout calls out Jem's name, but he doesn't answer.Eventually Scout realizes that there's two men under the tree besides her and Jem.She says Atticus's name hesitatingly, but still gets no answer.The man walks towards the road, and Scout goes to where he had been, looking for Jem.
Dr. Reynolds arrives and tends to Jem's broken arm and concussion, and then to Scout, who's also gotten knocked around the head.In Jem's room, Scout sees Atticus, Aunt Alexandra, and a man she doesn't know.Mr. Tate arrives with news: he's found a pink dress, some pieces of ham-colored cloth—and the corpse of Bob Ewell, who's been stabbed to death.