What seems to be the main focus of Jem's, Scout's, and Dill's playtime together in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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    Until the trial of Tom Robinson takes precedent in Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, the three children--Jem, Scout and Dill--spend nearly every waking hour trying to figure a way to glimpse their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. It is Dill that gives Jem and Scout the idea to "make Boo come out."

    The Radley Place fascinated Dill... The more we told Dill about the Radleys, the more he wanted to know.

The kids spend the remainder of that first August together fantasizing about Dill and plotting ways to bring him from his self-imposed exile. The following summer brings more of the same, with Scout suggesting they roll a tire toward the Radley Place. After the tire comes days upon days of play acting about Boo and the Radleys until the children are finally warned by Atticus to cease and desist. But that didn't stop them, and on Dill's final day in Maycomb, the three raid the Radley porch at night, only to be driven away in haste by a shotgun blast that causes Jem to lose his pants.

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