What new facts does Dill offer about his father in Chapter Four of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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When Dill returns to Maycomb for the summer, he is full of tales about riding the train by himself from Meridian, Mississippi, to Maycomb Junction. Somewhere in Dill's storytelling, he points out that his father is taller than Atticus and wears a black pointed beard. (Because of Dill's insecurity, he would no doubt say that his father was taller than any father anywhere.) Dill polished off his remarks about his father by saying that he was the president of the L & N Railroad, and then he added this detail to his trip to Maycomb: "I helped the engineer for a while." Dill's implication is that he got special treatment on the train because of his father's important position. Dill's tall tales mask his sadness and loneliness in regard to his family.

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