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Chapter Summarys of To Kill A MockingbirdChapter 1 Scouts father Atticus Finch studied law in Montgomery while supporting his brother John Jack Hale Finch who was in medical school in Boston His sister Alexandra is living at the Landing Atticus began his law practice in Maycomb the county seat of Maycomb County where his office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack a spittoon and a checkerboard His first case entailed his defense of two men who refused to plead guilty for second-degree murder They instead pleaded not guilty for first-degree murder and were hung marking probably the beginning of my fathers profound distaste for criminal lawHer father is a peaceful man while her familys black cook Calpurnia is strict but nice Scout and Jems mother died of a heart attack when Scout was two and only Jem has occasional memories for her The real excitement begins with the first meeting between Scout Jem and Dill a feisty imaginative boy who is nearly seven but very small for his age From Meridian Mississippi Dill will be spending the summer at the nearby house of Miss Rachel Haverford his aunt He impresses the Finch children with his dramatic acting of the movie Dracula from which Dill gets Scout and Jems friendship and respect By late summer the children turn their thoughts toward the Radley place a mysterious household on a curb beyond the Finch house which is said to have a mysterious man by the name of Boo Radley living in it Though never seen by the children he is rumored by popular superstition to be over six feet tall with rotten yellow teeth popping eyes and a drool eating raw animals He is often named as the source of strange evil Mr Radley has always only been seen only on his daily trip to collect groceries from 1130am to 1200pm and the family worshipped in their own home on Sundays Their youngest
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