In the middle of writing his letter Stanley notices that Zero is staring at his letter. When the water truck comes Stanley notices that there is always an order to the line, with X-Ray followed by Armpit, Squid, Zigzag, Magnet, Zero, and then Stanley. X- Ray explains that his nickname is pig latin for his real name, Rex.Zero asks Stanley, "Did the shoes have red X's on the back? Actually X- Ray has very poor vision and will never be able to find anything that might be in the holes.Stanley, exhausted after digging his first hole, returns to camp.
All along they claim that their interest is in the name of friendship, but readers know by now that both boys have a morbid curiosity to gawk at what they assume must be a freak of nature.
The boys show prejudice toward Scout by saying things like, "'You don't have to come along, Angel May.'" They attribute her resistance to their plan as girlish behavior, when Scout is actually more rational about the situation.
Stanley waits until Squid leaves before writing his letter.
When Stanley does write to his mother he tells her he is having fun and swimming a lot. Pendanski that if he finds anything interesting he might not have to finish his hole. Pendanski says that the fossil is not what the Warden wants. X-Ray asks Stanley to give him anything else interesting that he might find.
Analysis These two chapters mark several endings and beginnings for Jem and Scout in terms of understanding.
Chapter 6 concludes their second summer with Dill, while Chapter 7 begins Scout's second year of school.When he explains to Squid that his mother will worry if he doesn't write to her, Squid scowls at him.Stanley notices that the entire room is wrecked because the boys themselves have broken the things in it." Stanley responds that they did and then hears Armpit and Squid calling Caveman to come to dinner. X-Ray says that since he has been at the camp for a year and Stanley has only been there a month, it is more important for X-Ray to get the day off. Stanley wonders why everyone follows what X-Ray does.He realizes that X-Ray is the smallest boy apart from Zero and that he, Stanley, is actually the largest boy.At home, Jem confides in Scout that he's going back to the Radleys' to get his pants.