Describe Dill's escape to Maycomb.

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In Chapter 14, Dill runs away from his home in Meridian and lies underneath Scout’s bed, unnoticed. At first, Scout thinks she has stepped on a snake, but it turns out that it’s only Dill. After Dill emerges from underneath her bed, he tells a fanciful story of his escape from home. Dill claims that his father, who disliked him, bound Dill in chains in the basement. Dill continues by telling Scout that he survived on raw field peas given to him by a friendly passing farmer. After Dill managed to pull the chains from the wall, he wandered two miles outside of Meridian and joined a small animal show that traveled throughout Mississippi. Upon realizing that he was in Abbott County, Alabama, he was able to walk the rest of the way to Maycomb. (14.187)

Following Dill’s make-believe story, Jem asks Dill how he actually made it to the Finches. Dill tells them he took thirteen dollars from his mother’s purse and caught the nine o’clock train from Meridian to Maycomb Junction. He then walked between ten to fourteen miles off the highway, and rode the remainder of the way “clinging to the backboard of a cotton wagon.” (14.187)  

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