What, other then Boo Radley, is Dill curious about in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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The imaginative Dill is virtually overwhelmed by his own curiosity concerning Boo Radley in the opening chapters of the novel, but he finds other things to wonder about in Part Two. He is curious about babies, and he decides that he wants to have one with Scout. Neither of them are sure how to get a baby; Dill believes that there is "a foggy island where all these babies were: you could order one." After he joins Jem and Scout at the jail to ward off the lynch mob, Dill becomes more curious about the trial. He is enthralled with Dolphus Raymond when he sees the man "drinkin' out of a sack." Dill has plenty of questions to ask about Mr. Raymond, and Jem delights in providing Dill with the man's history. It is Dill who suggests that the children head inside the courtroom to watch the trial, but when he becomes sickened at the way Tom Robinson is treated by the prosecutor, he is forced to take a breather outside, where they meet Mr. Raymond in the flesh. Dolphus explains to Dill why the boy is crying:

"... about the simple hell people give other people..."  (Chapter 20)

Later, Dill decides it would be nice to be a different kind of clown, one who "laughs at folks" instead of others laughing at him. And Dill must have been curious about swimming, since Jem teaches Dill to swim at Barker's Eddy on his last day of summer vacation.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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