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To Kill A Mockingbird - Short Summary Jean Louise Scout Finch and her brother Jem live with their widowed lawyer father Atticus in the Alabama town of Maycomb One summer they befriend a boy named Dill and the trio acts out stories together Eventually Dill becomes fascinated with the spooky house on their street called the Radley Place owned by Mr Nathan Radley whose brother Arthur Boo Radley has lived there for years without ever leaving the house Scout goes to school for the first time that fall and detests it She and Jem find gifts apparently left for them in a knot-hole of a tree on the Radley property That summer Dill returns and they begin to act out the story of Boo Radley Atticus puts a stop to their antics but on the last day of summer the three sneak onto the Radley property and are shot at by Mr Nathan Radley Jem loses his pants in his escape and when he returns for them he finds them mended and hung over the fence The next winter they find more presents in the tree but eventually Nathan Radley plugs the hole with cement Shortly thereafter there is a fire in their neighbors house and during the fire someone slips a blanket on Scouts shoulders as she watches the blaze Jem is convinced that Boo did it and tells Atticus about the mended pants and the presents Atticus agrees to defend a black man named Tom Robinson accused of raping a white woman Because of his decision Scout and Jem are subjected to abuse from other children even when they celebrate Christmas at the family compound on Finchs Landing Their Aunt Alexandra comes to live with them the next summer and Dill--who is supposed to live with his new stepfather in another town--runs away and comes to Maycomb Tom Robinsons trial arrives and when the accused man is placed in the local jail a
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