Dill came over two days ago and had resumed his light-pole hugging, staring in wonder at the Radley House. Jem and Scout would take turns keeping him company, although Dill rarely said anything.
It was one lazy afternoon and Jem was lounged against the light pole, Dill hugging the pole as usual. Jem picked at a small tuft of plant material, reducing it to a liquid pulp between his fingers. He heaved a sigh and pulled himself up. He tapped the other boy on the shoulder.
“Dill, don’t you think you’ve stared at the house enough? I mean we haven’t done any reproductions this whole summer because you’ve spent your time staring at this house.” asked Jem.
Dill turned to look at him. “I want to see ...view middle of the document...
One would need to cut the moss in order to open the windows. The windows desperately clutched at a thin layer of glass, cracked down the middle in one clean slit, tinted a dull red from the recent dust bowl. The green shutters on either side of each window would also require some persuading, although Dill could not be sure whether the shutters were actually green, or the moss grew fairly densely around the shutters.
Dill hesitantly opened the old cedar door, listening to its ominous creak. Swatting away cobwebs, he made his way into the house, cringing as a large gust of wind slammed the front door shut. He took a tentative step forward, stumbling on a toppled coat hanger. He picked himself up and then looked around the house.
The kitchen was barely illuminated from the meagre sunlight passing through the windows. A rancid stench drew Dill’s eyes to the ceiling. The once white paint now peeled off from the ceiling like dead skin. A cabinet door creaked slowly in the breeze, its contents now strewn across the wooden floorboards. All of the furniture was toppled over as well: the table and the chairs flung to the side of the room as if a hurricane had raged through the kitchen.
The living room was in no better condition than the kitchen. The plaster on the ceiling had crashed down onto the carpet, covering it with a thin layer of fine dust, exposing the...