In what chapter of "To Kill a Mockingbird" does Dill leave Scout and Jem's town?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Dill routinely visits his aunt every summer in Maycomb and departs for school in his hometown of Meridian at the end of each summer. At the beginning of chapter 2, Scout mentions that Dill left for Meridian at the beginning of the school year. Dill returns for the summer midway through chapter 4 and leaves again in chapter 7 when school resumes. In chapter 12, Dill does not visit Maycomb for the summer but returns in chapter 14. In chapter 14, Dill runs away and stays the night at the Finch residence. Fortunately, Dill's mother allows him to stay the rest of the summer in Maycomb. During the summer, Dill stays in Maycomb and witnesses the Tom Robinson trial alongside Jem and Dill. It is during September at the beginning of chapter 25 when Scout reminisces about Dill, who is back home in Meridian. She remembers Dill waving goodbye to them at Maycomb Junction and recalls his story about witnessing Atticus break the news of Tom's death to Helen Robinson. For the remainder of the novel, Dill attends school in Meridian and does not visit Maycomb.

troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

After first meeting Dill in the first chapter, Dill leaves in the beginning of Chapter 2.  As soon as school starts, Dill has to return home to Meridian.  Then after the scene in chapter 6 where Jem lost his pants in Radley's fence, Dill left again for home.  Chapter 14 is where he comes back and hides under Scout's bed (he had run away).  He appears in most of the chapters from that point on until chapter 25.  In chapter 26, Scout is in 3rd grade, and Dill always goes home when school begins.  It didn't always say when we would leave, but it was always when school began.  Using the following link, choose the coordinating chapters to back up this info.

lacibabyy00 | Student

dill leaves in the beginning of chapter 2.

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