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Scout Finch lives with her brother Jem and their widowed father Atticus in the sleepy Alabama town of Maycomb Maycomb is suffering through the Great Depression but Atticus is a prominent lawyer and the Finch family is reasonably well off in comparison to the rest of society One summer Jem and Scout befriend a boy named Dill who has come to live in their neighbourhood for the summer and the trio acts out stories together Eventually Dill becomes fascinated with the spooky house on their street called the Radley Place The house is owned by Mr Nathan Radley whose brother Arthur nicknamed Boo has lived there for years without venturing outside Scout goes to school for the first time that fall and detests it She and Jem find gifts apparently left for them in a knothole of a tree on the Radley property Dill returns the following summer and he Scout and Jem begin to act out the story of Boo Radley Atticus puts a stop to their antics urging the children to try to see life from another persons perspective before making judgments But on the last day of summer the three sneak onto the Radley property where Nathan Radley shoots at them Jem loses his pants in the ensuing escape When he returns for them he finds them mended and hung over the fence The next winter Jem and Scout find more presents in the tree presumably left by the mysterious Boo Nathan Radley eventually plugs the knothole with cement Shortly thereafter a fire breaks out in another neighbours house and during the fire someone slips a blanket on Scouts shoulders as she watches the blaze Convinced that Boo did it Jem tells Atticus about the mended pants and the presents To the consternation of Maycombs racist white community Atticus agrees to defend a black man named Tom Robinson who has been accused of raping a white woman Because of Atticuss decision Jem
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