In chapter 1, Jem and Scout first discover Dill sitting in Miss Rachel Haverford's collard patch. After a short introduction, in which Dill mentions that he can read, Dill tells the siblings that he is from Meridian, Mississippi and that he has gone to the movies twenty times. This information intrigues Jem and Scout, who only get to see "Jesus ones [movies] in the courthouse sometimes." Dill feels self-important because he is an experienced moviegoer, who has seen Dracula. When Dill mentions that he saw Dracula, Jem's eyes light up, and Dill proceeds to "reduce it [Dracula] to dust." Being a newcomer to Maycomb, Dill takes pride in the fact that he has some additional experience and knowledge that Jem and Scout do not have. Since movies are rare in Maycomb, Dill bolsters his reputation by elaborating on the horror movie to Jem and Scout. By "reducing it to dust," Dill also attempts to demonstrate his maturity and courage.