What does Dalphous Raymond give Dill to settle his stomach?

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Mr. Dolphus Raymond has long been known to be the town drunk; his drinking regularly from some container hidden from view by a paper sack is considered evidence of his vice.  However, Mr. Raymond is concerned with Dill's "sick" stomach during a recess from the trial of Tom Robinson and instructs him to

"Come on round here, son, I got something that'll settle your stomach."

..."Here," he said, offering Dill his paper sack with straws in it. "Take a good sip, it'll quieten you."

Dill sucked on the straws, smiled, and pulled at length.

"Hee, hee," said Mr. Raymond, evidently taking delight in corrupting a child.

"Dill, you watch out now," I warned.

Dill released the straws and grinned.  " Scout, it's nothing but Coca-Cola."

Mr. Raymond is well aware of the public's perception of him and finds it amusing that he has surprised Scout, Dill, and Jem.  This episode serves an excellent example of the theme of the book, which is evidenced in its title.  The three children learn a great deal about the evils of prejudice throughout the story, especially as it relates to Boo Radley, Tom Robinson and his family, and Dolphus Raymond.

 

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