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Why was Dill in Maycomb?

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Charles Baker Harris, known as Dill, is from Meridian, Mississippi. He is in Maycomb County to spend summers with his aunt Rachel Haverford. He is small for his age and is quite a storyteller. Dill is also curious and sensitive. During Tom Robinson's trial, Scout has to exit the courtroom with Dill when he begins to cry. It upsets Dill when the prosecuting attorney refers to Tom as "boy."

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Dill plays an important role. It is Dill who gives the other children the idea of getting Boo Radley to come outside. Scout recalls that the Radley place "drew him as the moon draws water." Dill's interests in Boo continue to grow as Jem shares the neighborhood tales about Boo. It is a dare from Dill that causes Jem to venture onto the Radley property.

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Dill's given name is Charles Baker. However, he prefers to be called Dill. He comes to Maycomb in the summer of 1933 to spend time with his aunt Rachel Haverford. Rachel lives next door to the Finches'. Dill forms a close friendship with Jem and Scout Finch. Jem is ten and Scout is six. Dill is quite talkative. He is very bright. Dill,Scout, and Jem entertain themselves all summer by acting out stories they have read. They eventually become bored and Dill decides that they should try to lure Arthur Boo Radley out of his house. Boo is a recluse. He has not left his house in fifteen years. According to Scout, Boo broke the law when he was a boy and his father punished him by not allowing him to leave the house for fifteen years.