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Chapter 29

Professor Bradley Greenburg from Northeastern Illinois University explains Chapter 29 in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

To Kill a Mockingbird | Chapter 29 | Summary



Sheriff Tate has Scout relate everything she can remember about the attack. Between her details and the sheriff's examination of the scene, Tate and Atticus piece the attack together. When Scout gets to the part where someone jumps in to help them, the sheriff asks whom it was. Scout points to a stranger. Under the stare of everyone in the room, the man squirms and looks uncomfortable. Scout looks at his hands, then at his clothes, and then at his face; as their eyes meet, his tension eases and a slight smile comes to his face. Through her tears Scout suddenly knows she is looking at Boo Radley.


At last Scout meets Boo Radley. Like the trial scene it is simple in terms of plot and dialogue but loaded in sensory detail. The interaction is touching but not sentimental, consistent with Scout's entire narration.

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