To Kill A Mockingbird Character Notes
Jem (Jeremy Atticus Finch)
"Jem’s soft brown hair and eyes, his oval face and snug-fitting ears were our mother’s, contrasting oddly with Atticus’s graying black hair and square-cut features"
Caring older brother
"Don't you cry, now, Scout... don't cry now, don't you worry-" he muttered at me all the way to school."
"Overnight, it seemed, Jem had acquired an alien set of values and was trying to impose them on me: several times he went so far as to tell me what to do"
"His maddening superiority was unbearable these days.
"Jem threw open the gate and sped to the side of the house, slapped it with his palm and ran back past us, not waiting to see if his foray was successful."
"Dill and Jem were simply going to peep in the window with the loose shutter to see if they could get a look at Boo Radley"
"We were accustomed to prompt, if not always cheerful acquiescence to Atticus’s instructions, but from the way he stood Jem was not thinking of budging."
"Someone rolled against me and I felt Jem. He was up like lightning and pulling me with him."
Dill (Charles Baker Harris)
Jem and Scout's summer childhood friends.
From Median, Mississippi
How Scout sees Dill
"Thus we came to know Dill as a pocket Merlin, whose head teemed with eccentric plans, strange longings, and quaint fancies."
" his hair was snow white and stuck to his head like duckfluff" ..." his blue eyes would lighten and darken"
“I’m Charles Baker Harris,” he said. “I can read.”
"Dill gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out"
"The Radley Place fascinated Dill."
"He had not said a word the whole time."
"Dill bet Jem The Gray Ghost against two Tom Swifts that Jem wouldn’t get any farther than the Radley gate "
" In spite of our warnings and explanations it drew him as the moon draws