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In To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem and Scout have become firm friends with Dill who visits his Aunt Rachel every Summer. Boo Radley is something of an enigma to the children, especially Dill and he has not been seen outside of his house for many years. It is believed that he sneaks around at night. The children use their imaginations in thinking about Boo whose family never did bond with the community of Maycomb County. Dill is especially intrigued by the story of how Boo stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors. Atticus will not tell them anything about Boo and they rely on Miss Stephanie for their information.
In an attempt to make him reveal himself in daylight, the children have a plan and first they consider going into his yard. Dill dares Jem to run in: "He'll probably come out after you when he sees you in the yard, then Scout'n' me'll jump on him and hold him down till we can tell him we ain't gonna hurt him." They deliberate on their plan after Jem runs in and touches the house but no-one comes out and their "project" to persuade him to come out now includes leaving him a note. They decide to use a fishing-pole so that they can get the note through the window and ensure he reads it. However, Atticus foils their plan and insists they stop bothering Boo.
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