To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
Contributed by Sharon Fleming
Chapter 29

The sheriff urges Scout to narrate what happened, and through her explanation, Tate and Atticus put the pieces of the attack together. When Scout gets to the part where another stranger pooped in to help them, the sheriff asks her who it was, and she points to the stranger in their house. She studies him through her tears, from his clothes to his hands and when she gets to his face, the stranger smiles and then, Scout realizes that she is looking at Boo Radley.


Scout meets Boo Radley at last. Like the trial scene, it is simple in plot and dialogue but loaded in sensory detail. Their interaction is touching but not sentimental, clearly consistent with Scout’s entire narration.

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