What are some physical features of Charles Baker "Dill" Harris in To Kill a Mockingbird?  

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There a few other things we can say about Dill. 

First, he is short. This is probably the first detail. In a conversation with Jem, Jem points out this fact.

“Shoot no wonder, then,” said Jem, jerking his thumb at me. “Scout yonder’s been readin' ever since she was born, and she ain’t even started to school yet. You look right puny for goin’ on seven.”

Second, he looks very young, probably because of his short stature. Jem asks how old he is, guessing four. 

“How old are you,” asked Jem, “four-and-a-half?” 

Third, he has a cowlick in the center of his forehead. Scout states:

As he told us the old tale his blue eyes would lighten and darken; his laugh was sudden and happy; he habitually pulled at a cowlick in the center of his forehead.

If you put it all together, one gets a sense that Dill is a small, smart, sickly, and highly eccentric child. 

gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When Jem and Scout initially meet Charles Baker "Dill" Harris in chapter 1, Jem mentions that Dill is "right puny" for his age. Dill is a short child, and Scout even says that she towers over him despite the fact that he is older.

After Dill impresses the children by elaborating on the film Dracula, Scout mentions that he has "snow-white hair" that resembles "duckfluff" on the top of his head. Dill Harris also has a cowlick sticking up in the center of his forehead that he continually grabs.

The reader is also told that Dill has fascinating blue eyes that lighten and darken. Scout also describes Dill's apparel by mentioning that he wore blue linen shorts, which buttoned into his shirt. Dill's laugh is depicted as as sudden and happy.

Later on in the story, Dill Harris is referred to as a "pocket Merlin" for his tiny body and extraordinary talents. Dill is a fascinating, humorous character throughout the novel, who becomes close friends with the Finch children and participates in numerous adventures with Jem and Scout. 

troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In chapter 1 we get a very detailed description of who Dill is, and we get a vivid description of his imagination and his personality.   

"Dill wore blue linen shorts that buttoned to his shirt, his hair was snow white and stuck to his head like duckfluff; he was a year [Scout's] junior but [she] towered over him."

He had blue eyes that danced when he told his stories, he laughed a lot, and he constantly pulled at a cowlick that was in the center of his forehead.  When asked personal questions, such as where his father was, he instantly blushed. 

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