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To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee based the Scout/Dill characters on her own real-life relationship with writer Truman Capote, who visited Scout's hometown of Monroeville, Alabama each summer, just like Dill. Although there was apparently no romantic relationship between Lee and Capote, the author did create a child romance between Scout and Dill. Although Scout is not immediately taken with Dill, both she and Jem come to regard him as their best friend, even though he only stays in Maycomb during the summer months (Dill lives in Meridian, Mississippi). Other friendships are noticeably missing with Jem and Scout; there are very few instances when either of them spend much time with any neighboring children or schoolmates. Dill and Scout become serious about each other--at least as serious as a couple of young children can be. Dill asks Scout to marry him, and he promises to eventually save enough money to take her away with him. (Of course, this is just another instance of Dill's unfullfilled plans.) Scout and Dill share kisses, and on the night when Dill appears at the Finch house after running away from home, the two innocently share a bed. Dill is not only Jem's and Scout's partner in mischief, but also Scout's first beau.
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