How do you know Dill is a liar?
Dill Harris is Scout and Jem's imaginative friend from Meridian, who spends his summers at his Aunt Rachel's house in Maycomb County. Dill is notorious for his tall-tales and made up stories throughout the novel. Dill has a rather boring home life and his parents seem to ignore him. Many of the lies that Dill tells are to make his life seem more interesting than it really is and to impress Jem and Scout. There are several scenes throughout the novel that depict Dill telling lies, as well as scenes that show Scout and Jem catching him lying. In Chapter 4, Dill tells Jem and Scout that he met his father who was the president of the L & R Railroad and that he had a long pointed beard. After telling this lie, he walks by the Radley house and claims that he can "smell death," and that Scout was going to die in three days. The children do not believe his stories and in the next chapter while they are discussing what Boo Radley looks like Dill comments that Boo probably has a long beard by now. Scout says, "Like your daddy's?" and Dill forgets that he lied about what his father looked like. Dill says, "He ain't got a beard, he----" and Scout yells "Uh huh, caughtcha" because she has just caught Dill in his own lie. (Lee 63) Scout elaborates on Dill's ability to lie by saying,
"Dill Harris could tell the biggest ones I ever heard. Among other things, he had been up in a mail plane seventeen times, he had been to Nova Scotia, he had seen an elephant, and his granddaddy was Brigadier General Joe Wheeler and left him his sword." (Lee 63)