In Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, how do the children spend Dill's last night in Maycomb, in Chapter Six?

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In Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Dill and Jem plan to try to look inside a loose shutter into the Radley house to get a look at Boo. Scout has strong misgiving about this, but Jem says that if she doesn't like it she should leave. This is just another example of how close Dill and Jem have become, and how Scout is often left out of the boys' plans.

Jem, Dill and Scout creep through yards and bushes to get to the Radley place. At the gate dividing the garden from the back yard, Jem tells the others to spit on the hinges so the gate won't squeak. Jem and Scout hoist Dill up to one of the windows of the house, but he can't see anything. Then Jem decides to look through a different window. Going up the steps, one squeaks. Jem makes it to the window, but at that moment, Scout and Dill see a shadow passing close to Jem. When it is gone, the three children bolt out of the yard. As Scout falls, the kids hear the blast of a shotgun. Struggling under the fence into the school yard, Scout and Dill are fine, but turning they find Jem is not with them. Returning to the fence, Jem is kicking off his pants which are stuck on the fence. Free, Jem joins the others and they take off, leaving Jem's pants stuck on the tree. Mr. Radley believes there was a burglar on his property; he is the one that shot the gun, and the neighbors gather outside to find out what has happened.

Dill's last night in Maycomb really does end with a bang!

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