Why Does Dill Run Away From Home and Back to Maycomb?

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Dill runs away from home in chapter 14 of "To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper Lee, because he thinks his mother and her new husband do not care about him. Scout and Jem find him hiding under Scout's bed after she steps on something that she thinks is a snake.

Dill makes the 14-mile journey from his parent's house in Meridian back to Maycomb Junction by train, on foot and by hitching a ride on the back of a hay wagon. After getting him some food, Scout runs over to let her neighbor, Miss Rachel, who is also Dill's aunt, know that Dill is at her house.