What happens on Scout and Jem’s walk home from the harvest pageant?

When Jem and Scout set off through the woods to the high school for the harvest pageant, they begin a journey that is “long” in a figurative sense, for the events that occur that night will change their lives forever. As Jem and Scout walk home that night, two figures emerge from the shadows, each with their own intentions. First, Bob Ewell violently attacks Jem and Scout, but then Boo Radley appears and saves the children. This climactic night unites the novel’s two major plot lines: the mystery of Boo Radley and the second tragic outcome of the trial—another senseless death.