In To Kill a Mockingbird, what does Scout mean by "He bore with fortitude her Wait Till I Get You Home . . ."

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In Chapter 14, Dill ran away from home (Meridian) because he didn't like his new father and because he felt neglected. He told Jem and Scout an elaborate story of his daring escape. In fact, he just hopped on a train to Maycomb. After Jem and Scout discovered him hiding under the bed, Jem informed Atticus. Atticus allowed Dill to spend the night but he felt it was necessary to inform Dill's aunt next door, Miss Rachel, that he was okay. Miss Rachel scolded Dill for doing something so irresponsible. Dill "bore" her reprimands and in the end, Miss Rachel sympathetically gave him a hug: 

He bore with fortitude her Wait Till I Get You Home, Your Folks Are Out of Their Minds Worryin‘, was quite calm during That’s All the Harris in You Coming Out, smiled at her Reckon You Can Stay One Night, and returned the hug at long last bestowed upon him. 

Later that night, as Scout and Dill discuss things such as where babies come from, Scout tells Dill that he shouldn't run away just because he feels out of place or neglected. Then Scout asks Dill why Boo, who clearly must feel out of place, has never run away. Dill responds, "Maybe he doesn’t have anywhere to run off to…" Harper Lee uses this incident with Dill to suggest an even larger idea about Boo, that he stays in his house voluntarily because he has nowhere else to go where he might fit in. 

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