Last week, Harper Lee gave fans of To Kill A Mockingbird an early sample of its sequel, Go Set A Watchman, by releasing its first chapter on The Guardian and the Wall Street Journal.
In it, we learn that Scout, now in her twenties, is going by Jean Louise.
She's now a New Yorker, is still wearing pants, and is on her way to visit Atticus in Maycomb.
We also learn that Jean Louise's childhood crush on Dill was definitely just a phase.
She has now moved on to a potential suitor named Henry Clinton, who is a former soldier and hopeful lawyer.
But, arguably, the biggest revelation from the first chapter regards the fate of Jean Louise's older brother, Jem.
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Jem acted as Scout's guide throughout the novel and meant so much to her.
His Boo Radley adventures with Dill and Scout were legendary.
And his love of Atticus helped perpetuate the heroic identity that has become so much a part of Atticus' legacy.
In Go Set A Watchman, it's revealed that Jem is dead.
Harper Lee writes, "Jean Louise’s brother dropped dead in his tracks one day, and after the nightmare of that was over, Atticus, who had always thought of leaving his practice to his son, looked around for another young man."
As one would predict, fans of the novel had some strong reactions.
I'm devastated. Jem was the ultimate big brother. Literally in tears right now while I cancel my preorder....THAT ATTICUS REVELATION THOUGH!It adds another layer to Scout's new adventure. Can't wait to ride that train with her!
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How are you feeling about Jem's death?
vote votesI'm devastated. Jem was the ultimate big brother. Literally in tears right now while I cancel my preorder.
vote votes...THAT ATTICUS REVELATION THOUGH!
vote votesIt adds another layer to Scout's new adventure. Can't wait to ride that train with her!