In To Kill a Mockingbird, how does Dill's sudden appearance in Maycomb for the summer affect Scout?How is this summer different than the last one?  

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Scout and Dill plan to be married one day:

A year older than Scout, Dill has declared he will one day marry her, a statement she seems to accept matter-of-factly.

Scout enjoys having Dill at first. She enjoys his mischievous behavior. He dares Jem to touch the Radley house and Scout finds this extremely daring:

He instigates much of the children's mischief by daring Jem to perform acts such as approaching the Radley house. He seems to have a limitless imagination...

Jem, Scout and Dill become very close playmates. They reenact many dramas. Particularly, they reenact the drama based on the Radleys' place. They spend hours in the summer following their delightful imaginations. Jem, Scout and Dill play in the treehouse out back. They pretend to be Boo Radley and other Radley family members. Of course, Atticus tries to put a stop to this, thinking it disrespectful. Scout, Jem and Dill think is is an awesome game.

Later on, although Scout never says so, she possibly resents Dill when he and Jem begin swimming lessons without her. Jem informs Scout that he is going to teach Dill to swim and Scout is uninvited. Scout finds solace in the company of Miss Maudie.

Dill spends the entire summer playing with Jem and Scout. He even runs away from home one summer to be with Jem and Scout.

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