Charles Baker "Dill" Harris acts as a foil to the children at times while also providing comic relief from some of the seriousness of the novel; yet, at other times he contrasts with the moral turpitude of the townspeople in his childhood innocence.
QUOTES ABOUT DILL
In Chapter I, Scout describes Dill,
Dill was a curiosity. He wore blue linen shorts that buttoned to his shirt, his hair was snow white and stuck to his head like duckfluff; he was a year my senior but I towered over him. As he told us the old tale his blue eyes would lighten and darken; his laugh was sudden and happy; he habitually pulled at a cowlick in the center of his forehead.
Desiring Boo Radley to come outside, he accuses Jem of being afraid to go to the house.
But Dill got him the third day, when he told Jem that folks in Meridian certainly weren't as afraid as the folks in Maycomb, that he'd never seen such scary folks as the ones in Maycomb.
In Chapter 4, on his next visit to Maycomb, Dill wears shorts with a belt now. And, Dill rides a train to Maycomb from Meridian:
Two days later Dill arrived in a blaze of glory: he had ridden the train by himself....he had eaten dinner in the diner, he had seen two twins hitched together get off the train in Bay St. Louis and stuck to his story regardless of threats....
Later, in Chapter 6, Dill convinces Jem to peep in the Radley window to see Boo. But, for all his bravado, Dill is an innocent:
Dill stopped and let Jem go ahead. When Jem put his foot on the bottom step, the step squeaked.
After Jem looks in, a shadow appears on the porch that Scout sees and
Dill saw it next. He put his hands to his face.
In Chapter 20 as the children listen to the testimony, Scout accepts the cross-examination of Tom by Mr. Gilmer as normal for him; however, Dill, who is more naive that Atticus's children, cries at the injustice of Tom's interrogation. Seeing him, Mr. Dolpus Raymond remarks,
"Things haven't caught up with that one's instinct yet. Let him get a little older and he won't get sick and cry […] about the simple hell people give other people – without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they're people, too."
QUOTES BY DILL
Imaginative, Dill fabricates an excuse for Jem's lack of pants when the neighbors come outside after hearing the Radley shotgun fire at Jem who peeps in the window:
"We were playin' strip poker up yonder by the fishpool." Ch. 6
During the trial, Scout explains that Mr. Gilmer is "supposed to act that way...he was cross--" but Dill cuts her off,
"Well, Mr. Finch didn't act that way to Mayella and old man Ewell when he cross-examined them. The way that man called him 'boy' all the time and sneered at him, an' looked around at the jury every time he answered--" Ch.19
After the conviction of Tom:
Dill gives his aunt Rachel's viewpoint, but says,
"I'da got her told...but she didn't look much like tellin' this morning [from] wonderin' where I was....But that woman drinks a pint for breakfast...." Ch 22
When Aunt Alexandra scolds him:
"I ain't cynical, Miss Alexandra. Tellin' the truth's not cynical, is it?
"I think I'll be a clown when I get grown […] There ain't one thing in this world I can do about folks except laugh, so I'm gonna join the circus and laugh my head off." Ch. 22