What are two strong quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee in which Dill feels insecure and exaggerates his stories?
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Most of Dill's insecurities come as a result of the broken home from which he comes, and he tends to embellish most of the stories that concern his mother and various fathers. Jem and Scout finally come to recognize that most of what Dill tells them is untrue, but his storytelling skills are so entertaining that it is easy for them to forgive their friend. Dill's biggest whopper comes after he has run away from home and made his way back to Maycomb. He claims to have been imprisoned and tortured by his new father before escaping and beginning a dusty journey that ends with him appearing unexpectedly under Scout's bed. Later that night, Dill admits to Scout that his parents aren't really as "mean" as he has led everyone to believe.
"... what I'm tryin' to say is--they do get on a lot better without me, I can't help them any. They ain't mean. They buy me everything I want, but it's now-you've-got-it-go-play-with-it." (Chapter 15)
Jem and Scout catch Dill in one of his tall tales in Chapter 5 when Dill forgets his facts and tells his friends that his father is beardless.
"He ain't got a beard, he--" Dill stopped, as if trying to remember.
"Uh huh, caughtcha," I said. "You said 'fore you were off the train good your daddy had a black beard--"
"If it's all the same to you he shaved it off last summer! Yeah, an' I've got the letter to prove it--" (Chapter 5)
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