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Dill Harris

When introduced in the book, Dill was seven years old. He is the nephew of the Finches neighbor Rachel Haverford. His reason for running away from his mother's home was because he believed they were not paying any attention to him. He has a crush on Scout and even vows early in the book that he will marry her. Scout takes this vow seriously despite how young Scout and Dill are.

He has a crazy imagination and can make many things up. His biological father wasn't around often when he was younger. His mother remarried. Dill said this stepfather was the reason he ran away. Since he felt that they were having far more fun without him around. He felt he was unneeded.

Dill is one year older than Scout and three years younger than Jem. Because Dill is shorter than Scout and frail in appearance, Scout first thinks he is younger than she is.

Dill Harris was modeled after Harper Lee's friend Truman Capote. We are introduced to Dill in the first chapter of the book. He is a welcome visitor every summer for the entire novel.


He is described as rather short for even his young age.


Acts older and wiser than his years. He is always ready to act out a story the children make up or try and think of a way to lure Boo Radley out of his home. 

Qualities Edit

  • Quotes "It's just coca cola scout."

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