To Kill a Mockingbird - Chapter 11 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 11 Summary

Scout and Jem wonder toward town with Jem's birthday money. He plans to buy a toy train for himself and a baton for Scout. They head home and pass Mrs. Rachel DuBose house. She is a mean spirited woman who calls to them from her front porch. She doesn't approve of the children and says they won't amount to anything. They put up with her comments until she says that Atticus is representing a nigger. Jem loses control and grabs Scout's baton. He races into Miss Rachel's yard and destroys her camellias.

Later that evening when Atticus comes home from work, Miss Rachel tells him what happened. He sends Jem to apologize and Scout fears for this life. She's sure Miss Rachel will use her Civil War pistol and kill him. But, Jem returns home unharmed and tells Atticus that Miss Rachel wants him to read to...

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