Chapter 7 to kill a mockingbird summary and analysis

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To kill a mocking bird
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Chapter 7
Jem is "moody and silent" after the pants incident. The new school year starts,
and Scout finds second grade just as boring as first. One day, she and Jem are
walking home together when Jem reveals that when he found his pants that night,
they were all folded up, and the tears had been crudely sewn up, as if someone
knew that he would be coming back for them. He finds this highly eerie. Then,
they find a ball of twine in the Radley oak tree knothole. Again, they aren't sure if
it is a gift for them or not, so they leave it for a few days. When it remains in the
hole for a few days, they take it, and decide that anything left there is okay to
Jem is excited about sixth grade, because he is going to learn about
ancient Egypt. Jem tells Scout that school will get better for her. One day in
October they find two little figures in their secret knothole, a boy and a girl,
carved artfully out of soap. Upon closer examination, they realize that the figures
are images of themselves. They wonder who could have done it - maybe Mr.
Avery, a neighbor who whittles wood. In a couple of weeks, they find a package of
chewing gum, an old spelling bee medal, a broken pocket watch on a chain, and an
aluminum knife. Jem can't get it the watch to work, but he and Scout decide to
write a letter thanking the mystery person who is leaving them these gifts. They
write a note of thanks and leave it in the oak tree. The next day, they are
horrified to discover that someone has filled their hole up with cement. They ask
Mr. Radley about it, and he claims the tree is dying and filling the knothole with
cement will keep it alive. Jem is suspicious, and when he asks Atticus about it,
Atticus says the tree looks very healthy, but that Mr. Radley must have a good
reason for plugging up the hole. Jem thinks on Atticus's statement and about who
might be leaving the gifts. He stands out on the porch by himself for a long time.
When he comes inside, Scout thinks it looks like he has been crying.


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