Plot Summary

In Chapter 5, Scout, the narrator, grows distant from Jem and Dill who continue to occupy themselves in the treehouse, only summoning scout when their games required a third individual. This in turn made Scout pass the time in Miss Maudie Akitson's front porch, a widow neighbor with a passion for vegetation and bakery who often invites the children for cake. Scouts asks Miss Maudie on her opinion on the current existence of Boo Radley of which she acknowledges. Miss Maudie says that Boo, or Arthur, is not criminal in the scenario but rather his "foot washing", a group of people who believe that anything with pleasure is a sin, father is the real phantom behind the curtains. When Scout finds Jem and Dill in the backyard in a discussion, Scout later finds that they have plans to write a note requesting Boo to leave the premises of his household for icecream, in an attempt to see the infamous individual of Maycomb. They give Dill a bell and instructs him to ring when a person is coming as Jem attempts to place the note inside the shutters with a long pole. However there plans are soon foiled when Atticus discovers their unacceptable behavior and demands tells them to stop disturbing the Radley's as well as conduct dramas under their names.

Setting and Background
In this chapter most of the setting takes place in the Radley place, Atticus' backyard, as well as Miss Maudie's front porch. The Radley place holds a dark aura if one knows its history. It's mostly infamous for the Boo's tenancy within the household. Atticus' backyard which is naturally located in the behind Atticus' home, holds a tree house the children continue to improve upon each summer. Miss Maudie's house, at which she hates, is a neighboring home colored with azaelas and flowers as well as the smell of cakes.


Character Profile:

Scout (Jean Louise Finch): The narrator of the novel, Scout is a young girl 4 years below Jem. She lives with her father, Atticus, her older brother, Jem, and her cook, Calpurnia. Scout is different from the standards a girl is defined in Maycomb. She refuses to wear dresses and prefers her overalls, in addition she finds being called a girl an insult and does not hesitate to throw punches to those she believe deserve. Scout is also filled with curiosity and unlike most students is literate.

Jem (Jeremy Atticus Finch): Jem is Scouts brother and close companion, he is currently 13 years old and has a passion for football. He doesn't refuse dares that are thrown and, according to Calpurnia, is more mature than Scout. As the book progresses he grows distant to Scout and would much rather play with Dill.

Atticus: Atticus is the father of Jeremy and Scout, he works as a lawyer in Maycomb and is known by everyone in the region. He prefers economical law over criminal law due to past experiences, Atticus is wise and continues to teach Jem and Scout about making the right decisions. Atticus is insulted and looked down upon by the citizens of Maycomb for helping Tom Robinson, a colored man, against the Ewells. Atticus does not believe in racism and feels everyone is equal no matter race, color, or creed.


"But I kept aloof from their more fool-hardy schemes for a while..." (Page 42)
Fool-hardy: Recklessly bold or rash.

"..but a relatively benign presence." (Page 42)
Benign: Gentle, kindly.

"Miss Maudie's benevolence extended to Jem and Dill," (Page 43)
Benevolence: Well meaning and kindly.

"...of a talent Miss Maudie had hitherto kept hidden from us." (Page 43)
Hitherto: Until now, or until to the point under discussion.

"Look like if Mr. Arther was hankerin' after heaven..." (Page 45)
Hankering: Feel a strong desire for or to do something.

"...we were not to play an asinine game..." (Page 49)
Asinine: Extremely stupid or foolish.

"Jem decided there was no point in quibbling..." (Page 49)
Quibbling: A slight objection or criticism.

Photo Bank:

Sunset in Maycomb County
Miss Maudie's Garden

Image of Radley Place

Holy Bible

1930's Whiskey

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