September arrives, and Dill leaves Maycomb to return to the town of Meridian. Scout, meanwhile, prepares to go to school for the first time, an event that she has been eagerly anticipating. Once she is finally at school, however, she finds that her teacher, Miss Caroline Fisher, deals poorly with children. When Miss Caroline concludes that Atticus must have taught Scout to read, she becomes very displeased and makes Scout feel guilty for being educated. At recess, Scout complains to Jem, but Jem says that Miss Caroline is just trying out a new method of teaching.
The story is narrated by a young girl named Jean Louise Finch, who is almost always called by her nickname, Scout. Scout starts to explain the circumstances that led to the broken arm that her older brother, Jem, sustained many years earlier; she begins by recounting her family history. The first of her ancestors to come to America was a fur-trader and apothecary named Simon Finch, who fled England to escape religious persecution and established a successful farm on the banks of the Alabama River. The farm, called Finch’s Landing, supported the family for many years. The first Finches to make a living away from the farm were Scout’s father, Atticus Finch, who became a lawyer in the nearby town of Maycomb, and his brother, Jack Finch, who went to medical school in Boston. Their sister, Alexandra Finch, stayed to run the Landing.
The story is narrated by a young girl named Jean Louise Finch, who is almost always called by her nickname, Scout. Scout starts to explain the circumstances that led to the broken arm that her older brother, Jem, sustained many years earlier; she begins by recounting her family history.
For many years, Boo Radley has been a source of fascination for the children of the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama. Scout and Jem Finch are siblings who live with their father, Atticus. Along with Dill, who visits his aunt in Maycomb every summer, Scout and Jem spend much of their time trying to catch a glimpse of Boo. Even though they often find evidence that Boo is around, they never catch sight of him. Along with their hunt for Boo, Scout and Jem are faced with harassment from their classmates at school. Their father is an attorney in their small town. He has taken on the case of a black man accused of raping a white woman. The prejudice attitudes of the townspeople make life uncomfortable for the Finch family in Harper Lee's classic To Kill a Mockingbird.