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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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How is Dill physically, emotionally, and mentally affected by the Tom Robinson trial in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Dill, who brags about all his adventures when he is away from Maycomb, is so upset with the testimony at the trial that he has to be led from the courtroom in tears. Jem and Reverend Sykes strongly suggest that Scout escort him outside until he can regain his composure. It was Mr. Gilmer's cross-examination of Tom Robinson--where he repeatedly referred to Tom as "boy"--that caused Dill to "start(ed) crying and couldn't stop... his sobs were heard by several people in the balcony." Dill was able to keep up with Scout as they "ran down the south steps." Scout reasoned that he was still upset from having made the exhausting voyage to Maycomb after running away from home. Outside, Dill tells Scout

    "That old Mr. Gilmer doing him thataway, talking so hateful to him... It was the way he said it made me sick, plain sick. 

Soon, Dill was feeling better, however, thanks to Dolphus Raymond's kind words and Coca-Cola in a sack. The two returned just in time to catch the remainder of Atticus' closing statements.

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