Dill is Scout's best friend throughout the novel who lives in Meridian and visits his aunt during the summers. Dill runs away because he does not feel wanted. Dill has a conversation explaining his motivation to run away from home with Scout. Dill expresses his loneliness by saying,
"The thing is, what I'm tryin' to say is---they do get on a lot better without me, I can't help them any. They ain't mean. They buy me everything I want, but it's now-you've-got-it-go-play-with-it" (Lee 88).
During the trial, Dill cannot stand seeing Mr. Gilmer treat Tom Robinson disrespectfully. At this point in the novel, Dill has not lost his innocence and is sickened at the way Mr. Gilmer speaks down to Tom. Dill's stomach begins to hurt and he starts to cry. When they get out of the courtroom, Dill tells Scout,
"I don't care one speck. I ain't right, somehow it ain't right to do 'em that way. Hasn't anybody got any business talkin' like that---it just makes me sick" (Lee 121).
Following the trial, all of the children have lost their childhood innocence after witnessing Tom's wrongful conviction. Dill feels awful about the prejudiced community and tells Jem and Scout,
"I think I'll be a clown when I get grown" (Lee 133).
Dill believes that being a clown will make him immune to the blatant prejudice and hate throughout the Maycomb community.