What do these quotes mean in To Kill a Mockingbird?"From the day Mr. Radley took Arthur home, people said the house died.""Lord, what a name... Your name's longer'n you are. Bet it's a foot longer."

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"From the day Mr. Radley took Arthur home, people said the house died." -- This quote tells the story of how the Radley Place deteriorated into a place of mystery to the town and confinement for Arthur Jr. Although the Radleys had never been the most outgoing family in town, Mr. Radley's decision to imprison his son within his own home further isolated the family from the rest of Maycomb. Arthur soon became known as Boo, and he was only seen once again--when he is jailed for stabbing his father with a pair of scissors, and then released into his father's custody a second time. There is no longer any joy or happiness to be found in the house, and the once seemingly normal Arthur Jr. deteriorates into a reclusive, "malevolent phantom." The rumors about Boo turn the Radley House into a place to be avoided: Children become afraid to pass by the house, and when they did, they usually ran--like Jem and Scout.

"Lord, what a name... Your name's longer'n you are. Bet it's a foot longer." -- Because Dill is so "puny"--Jem guesses that Charles Baker Harris is only "four-and-a-half" years old--the Finch children think it's funny that someone so small should have such a long name. It's really no longer than Jem's and Scout's real names--Jeremy Atticus Finch and Jean Louise Finch--but they are both big for their ages. Dill doesn't see the humor in Jem's remark, but Jem explains that "I'm big enough to fit mine."

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