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The story of To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Alabama in the Depression and is narrated by the main character a little girl named Scout Finch Her father Atticus Finch is a lawyer with high moral standards She and her brother Jem and their friend Dill are intrigued by the local rumors about a man named Boo Radley who lives in their neighborhood but never sets foot from his house Legend has it that he once stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors and he is made out to be a kind of monster Dill is from Mississippi but he spends his summers in Maycomb at a house near the Finches The children are curious to know more about Boo and create a mini-drama to enact which tells the events of his life as they know them They slowly begin moving closer to the house itself which is said to be haunted They try leaving notes for Boo on his windowsill but are caught by their father Atticus who firmly reprimands them Then they try sneaking to the house at night and looking through its windows However Boos brother Nathan Radley who lives with him thinks he hears a prowler and begins firing his gun The children get away though Jem loses his pants in a gate When he returns his ripped pants have been folded and roughly sewn up Other mysterious things happen to the Finch children A certain tree near the Radley house has a hole in which little presents are often left for them such as pennies and chewing gum When they leave a note for the giver of these gifts Boos brother plugs up the hole the next day with cement The next winter brings unexpected cold and snows and the house of the kind neighbor Miss Maudie catches on fire While Jem and Scout shivering watch the
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