The Adventures of Scout and Jem


Jem and Scout Meet Dill

Approx. July 1933

"Hey yourself," said Jem pleasantly.
"I'm Charles Baker Harris," he said. "I can read."
"Lord what a name."
" 's not any funnier'n yours. Aunt Rachel says your name's Jeremy Atticus Finch."
"Your name's longer'n you are. Bet it's a foot longer."
"Folks call me Dill ," said Dill, struggling under the fence.
(page eight)

In chapter one Jem and Scout meet Dill who soon becomes a very close friend of theirs. Dill comes to stay with his Aunt every summer.

Dill Dares Jem to Touch the Radley House

Approx. August 1933

"Our first raid came to pass only because Dill bet Jem The Grey Ghost against two Tom Swifts that Jem wouldn't get any farther than the Radley gate."
(page 17)
"He walked to the corner of the lot, then back again studying the simple terrain as if deciding how best to effect an entry, frowning and scratching his head. Then I sneered at him. Jem threw open the gate and sped to the side of the house, slapped it with his palm and ran back past us, not waiting to see if his foray was successful."
(page 18)

The first summer Dill came to Maycomb became fascinated with the tale of Boo Radley. As an effort to try to make Boo come out he dared Jem to touch the house. When Jem touched the house he did not make Boo come out but the children caught a glimpse of someone moving inside the house.

Scout Starts First Grade

Approx. September 1933

"I would be starting school in a week. I never looked forward more to anything in my life."

Jem was very excited to start the first grade because she loved to read.

"Miss Caroline caught me writing and told me to tell my father to stop teaching me. "Besides," she said. "We don't write in the first grade, we print. You won't learn to write until you're in the third grade."
(page 24)

On her first day she got in trouble with Miss Caroline, her teacher. After her first day she dreaded going to school again because Miss Caroline told her that Atticus couldn't teach her to read at home anymore. Also she was not permitted to write, she was only allowed to print.

Jem and Scout Find Gifts in the Knot-Hole of the Radley's Oak Tree

Approx. June 1934

"One afternoon as I raced by, something caught my eye and caught it in such a way that I took a deep breath, a long look around, and went back. Two live oaks stood at the edge of the Radley lot; Two live oaks stood at the edge of the Radley lot; their roots reached out into the side-road and made it bumpy. Something about one of the trees attracted my attention. Some tinfoil was sticking in a knot-hole just above my eye level, winking at me in the afternoon sun."
(page 44)

One day coming home from school Scout noticed some tin foil in the knot-hole of the tree. When Scout told Jem he yelled at her. Later they find two Indian-head pennies. At first Jem thinks the knot-hole is the hiding place of another child but soon find out it is a place Boo puts gifts for the children.

Miss Maudie's House Burns Down

Approx. November 1934

"At the front door, we saw fire spewing from Miss Maudie's diningroom windows"
(page 92)

Miss Maudie's house burnt down early in the morning. While Jem and Scout were watching the firefighters Boo snuck up on them and wrapped a blanket around Scout.

Atticus is Assigned to the Tom Robinson Case

Approx. December 1934

Atticus was assigned to the Tom Robinson case just before Christmas. He knows the case will be long and hard, but tells Scout not to fight when people talk about her father being a "nigger-lover". He also uses the case to teach Scout and Jem about courage. He believes that courage is sticking things out to the end even if it is hard you think you will fail.

Jem Destorys Mrs. Dubose Camilia Bushes

Approx. February 1935

Jem had become sick and tired of all the insults coming from the trial. He takes out his anger on Mrs. Dubose bushes. After the attack he had to read to her every afternoon.

Capurnia Takes Jem and Scout to First Purchase

Approx. June 1935

Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to First Purchase. While they are there they are told that whites should attend a white church and not a black one. Scout didn't understand why because she was raised to treat everyone the same.