What do other characters think about Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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AUNT ALEXANDRA.  According to her grandson, Francis, Alexandra thinks that Dill "just gets passed around from relative to relative, and Miss Rachel keeps him every summer.

COUSIN FRANCIS.  The obnoxious Francis calls Dill "that little runt."

DILL'S PARENTS.  Dill believes his parents "get on a lot better without me," and he feels both unwanted and unloved because of their inattention.

JEM Dill is also Jem's best buddy and partner in crime, and they often find ways to spend time away from Scout. When Jem "discovered with angry amazement" that Jem did not know how to swim, they spend the final days of the summer at Barker's Eddy, where Jem successfully teaches Dill to swim.

SCOUT.  Dill has become Scout's "permanent fiance," and the two little lovebirds plan to marry one day. Scout is in love, and her life is not the same when Dill is not around.

... summer was Dill by the fishpool smoking string... the swiftness with which Dill would reach up and kiss me when Jem was not looking, the longings we sometimes felt each other feel. With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.  (Chapter 12)

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