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To Kill a Mockingbird

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What is "the lemon drop plan" in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Scout says that Aunt Rachel had told her that Dill "had been in trouble since he was four." Atticus tells Jem the story about how when Dill was four, he had walked into Maycomb and announced to anyone who would listen that his name was Beasely Branson, and he insisted upon it for over a month. He told everyone that his mother could prove it by bringing him his birth certificate. Aunt Rachel reported to Atticus that she finally took Dill to the courthouse to get a copy of the birth certificate, and that when she brought it home, Dill said: "That's not my name; I'm not Beasely Branson!" When she tried to tell him they were his names, he exclaimed: "

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After supper one evening, Dill comes up with "a foolproof plan" to lure Boo Radley out of his house: they should "place a trail of lemon drops from the back door to the front yard," and Boo will come out and follow it like an ant.

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home recently himself, Dill has been found hiding underScout's bed. Jem breaks "the remaining code" of his and Scout's childhood and informs Atticus of Dill's sudden appearance. Then, Atticus notifies Dill's Aunt Rachel that Dill is in their house. When she learns of Dill's whereabouts, Aunt Rachel rants about how worried his parents have been; nevertheless, she tells Dill he has permission to stay overnight at the Finches.

It is later that Dill devises his plan to lure Arthur Radley out of his house. This plan is something like the one Hansel has in the fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel." After he and his sister overhear their parents talk of abandoning their children in the forest because they cannot afford to feed them, Hansel consoles his sister by telling her that he will carry white pebbles in his pocket and drop them along the way so that he and Gretel can follow them home after their abandonment. This is what the children do, and they find their way home.

Dill, who has read many of the fairy tales, probably identifies with Hansel since he feels neglected at home. He explains that his mother and her new husband are not mean; they just want their privacy. As he lies beside Scout in the night, she asks Dill, "Why do you reckon Boo Radley's never run off?" Dill sighs and turns away from Scout, but he answers, "Maybe he doesn't have anywhere to run off to..."

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The children's curiosity about the mysterious Boo Radley (Arthur) is great and the trail idea reminds me of E.T., if you have ever seen that movie. Eliot leaves Reese's pieces in hopes of attracting E.T. The children plan the lemon drop trail in hopes of luring Boo Radley out of his house.

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The children are trying to lure out Boo Radley. Their idea is to make a trail of lemon drops from his back door to their front yard and he would follow them like an ant.

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