The Radley Place is the home of Nathan Radley and his son Arthur "Boo" Radley. The house is portrayed as run down, old, and something of a haunted mansion. This enhances the novel's Gothic theme and the character of Boo Radley adds another level to the idea of prejudice in the novel. The stories about Boo Radley fascinate the children and they spend most of the first half of the book trying to make him come out of his house. His story is a sad one but there is no proof that any of it happened, it's just hearsay and rumours, this teaches the children a lot about how people's thoughts sometimes differ from the truth.