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Why doesn't Dill plan to come to Maycomb this summer in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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ihateenglish124 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 17, 2009 at 12:11 PM via web

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Why doesn't Dill plan to come to Maycomb this summer in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 17, 2009 at 12:24 PM (Answer #1)

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    The summer begins badly for Scout in Chapter 12 of Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Jem is "growing up" and hasn't much time for his sister, so Scout spends time in the kitchen with Calpurnia until it is time for Dill to arrive.

    But summer came and Dill was not there.

When Scout receives a letter from Dill, she discovers that he has a new father. He is a lawyer, like Atticus, and they will have to stay in Meridian, Mississippi to build a boat. Scout is happy for Dill, whose parents rarely spend much time with him, but she is crushed that her fiance will not be there with her.
    Of course, Dill eventually shows up, surprising Jem and Scout with his appearance but not with his new array of stories.

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