Jem\'s Journal


Dan Latham Jem’s Journal

Chapter 4 - I think at times my sister, Scout can be disgusting. I came home from a long day at school. I found Scout on the porch chewing a wad of gum. I knew it was gum because she had it in her mouth for a long time and plus I could see it in her mouth. So just like any normal brother would do, I told her not to eat things you find and she said that she didn’t find it on the ground but rather in a tree. I put an expression on my face that clearly communicated to her that I didn’t think she was funny. I also growled at her. She told my like an innocent girl that it was sticking in a tree on the way home from school. I really didn’t care about where she got it from I just wanted that disgusting piece of trash out of her mouth immediately before she caught some germs. I told Scout to spit it out immediately. She was actually pretty obedient and spit the gum out. She told me that she had been chewing it all afternoon and that if she wasn’t dead and didn’t feel sick. She was obviously mad at me for ruining her chewing enjoyment but I didn’t want her getting sick because knowing Atticus, I’d be the one who would have to take care of her and that wouldn’t go over to well with me since I know I could have stopped her from getting sick. I think I yelled at her and said that isn’t she supposed to know that she isn’t allowed even near those trees. We all know about that weird guy Boo Radley and we know that property is off limits. I told her that she would probably get killed if she were caught. She said in defense that I touched the house once. This was a clear reference to Boo Radley’s house but I ignored her comment and told her that it was different. I also ordered her to go and use some mouth wash to get rid of the germs that she collected from that stick of gum she just spit out. She wasn’t pleased that I just ordered her to wash her mouth out and told me in defense that washing her mouth out will dissolve the taste in her mouth but I still didn’t care. I wanted her to wash her mouth out so I told her that I would tell Calpurnia about how she found some gum in a tree near Boo Radley’s house. I guess she didn’t really want to risk a tangle with Calpurnia so she did as I told her.

Chapter 7 - Scout asked me about what went on last night and I decided to tell her. I told her that after we heard the gun shot and ran I got my pants caught on the fence. I tried to get them unhooked but I was too freaked out but that gun shot and I feared for my life so I left the pants behind. The next morning my father, Attaicus told me to go get the pants and so I did but this is the part that was really spooky. I told Scout that the pants weren’t like the way that I left them. They were folded neatly across the fence and the hole that I made from my struggle with the fence was mended. But it wasn’t mended like a woman would mend it. I mean it wasn’t neat and all perfect but it actually looked like that kind of sewing job that I would do. It seemed like someone was reading my mind but if no one over there knows me then how could they know was I was thinking. I think that by the expression on her face, I could tell that Scout was equally as mystified by the events that have taken place over the past two days. First was find some strange objects near Boo Radley’s tree and then I find that my pants which were ripped by a fence while I was running from a gun shot from some