Jem\'s Journal: Chapter Summary

Dan Latham

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 strange shadow have been sewed to my satisfaction. We weren\'t
sure what to do next but I was beginning to think that those items that were
left in the tree were some how meant for us. I don\'t know how or who is doing
it but I think the answers