S: By Madeline Cosgrove and Laura McGehee
FC: Boo Radley | 2012
1: My name's Arthur Radley, but the neighborhood kids call me Boo. I've been in my house for years, so naturally, the local children think I'm some kind of monster when really I'm just trying to protect them.
2: The kids imagine me as tall with yellow teeth and blood stained hands from eating raw squirrels and cats, but in reality I'm pale and my clothes are dirty because I don't get out much.
3: I look at Scout as I would look at my own daughter and I feel very protective over her. She is a sweet, innocent child who is wise beyond her years.
4: I also feel very paternal over Jem. He is very adventurous, unlike myself, so I like to watch him and see how he works through his tough situations.
5: Jem's pants once got caught on my fence, so I thought it would be nice to stitch them up and fold them over the top of it. I had a feeling he would come back for them.
6: Whenever the kids are in danger, I try my best to protect them, so when I saw Mr. Ewell trying to hurt them, my first instinct was to help. I didn't mean to kill him, I was just trying to save Jem and Scout.
7: The gum in the tree was very important to me. I was trying to reach out to the children and show them who I really was; not a monster, but just a shy man.
8: There isn't much to do in my house, so I like to spend my time carving soap and wood. Usually my carvings are of the children because they are outside so much. I thought they might enjoy having seeing my work, so I put one for each of them in the tree.
9: "Will you take me home?" (Lee 372) | This is the only thing Boo Radley says in the whole book. It displays his childlike disposition and shows that he really isn't a monster after all.
13: Never a day passes but that I do myself the honor to commune with some of nature's varied forms. -George Washington Carver
15: Go and walk with Nature; thou wilt find Full many a gem in her enchanted cup. -Isaac McLellan
20: As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can. -John Muir