What is the quote that speaks of Dill wanting a baby with Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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This is a good request, but somewhat misleading. Both Dill and Scout are children, and they do no know anything about biology - let alone reproduction. The context is that Dill and Scout are talking about Dill's parents and how his parents do not have enough time for him. Dill say that they love him, but they basically ignore him.

Then Dill just randomly changes the topic. He is a random boy in the novel. Out of the blue he says to Scout that they should get a baby, not have a baby. According to Dill, there is a man who has a boat and he ferries babies over because he has them in abundance. 

Scout disagrees; she believes that babies are dropped down from the chimney. Here is the dialogue between the two:

There was a man Dill had heard of who had a boat that he rowed across to a foggy island where all these babies were; you could order one—

“That’s a lie. Aunty said God drops ‘em down the chimney. At least that’s what I think she said.” For once, Aunty’s diction had not been too clear.

This dialogue takes place in chapter 14. 

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iamkaori | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) Salutatorian

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Dill’s voice was his own again: “Oh, they ain’t mean. They kiss you and hug you good night and good mornin‘ and good-bye and tell you they love you—Scout, let’s get us a baby.”

“Where?”

There was a man Dill had heard of who had a boat that he rowed across to a foggy island where all these babies were; you could order one—

“That’s a lie. Aunty said God drops ‘em down the chimney. At least that’s what I think she said.” For once, Aunty’s diction had not been too clear.

“Well that ain’t so. You get babies from each other. But there’s this man, too—he has all these babies just waitin‘ to wake up, he breathes life into ’em…”

That's the whole part from the book where Scout and Dill talks about having a baby and how.

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