What is the relationship between Dill and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird?
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Dill and Scout are friends because they are close in age, and Dill asks her to “marry” him.
Charles Baker Harris, also known as Dill, is Scout and Jem’s neighbor in the summer when he comes to stay with his Aunt Rachel. He is six years old when they first meet him. He is proud that he can read.
Scout describes him as a “curiosity” and says “his laugh was sudden and happy.” He is a good diversion.
There are not many kids in the neighborhood, so Dill is a good distraction. Although he is a boy, he is closer to Scout’s age than Jem’s. He joins them in acting out Boo Radley’s story and convinces them to try to get Boo to come out.
Scout does not approve of the stories that Dill tells, but Jem tells her not to point out his whoppers. Jem just likes the company.
Scout says that Dill becomes “something of a trial.”
He had asked me earlier in the summer to marry him, then he promptly forgot about it. (ch 5)
She does not really love him, but she does feel like he is paying more attention to Jem. As a girl, she sometimes feels left out.
Dill introduces a new kind of sensitivity to Scout. For one of the first times, she has to think about how someone else feels. He is part of her experience growing up.
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