In Reply to: Pocket Merlin posted by Jessie on December 05, 2008 at 21:57:
: In the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" Scout refers to Dill as a "pocket Merlin" in the children's plays. I know from the usage what it means generally but would love to know specifically what she was referring to.
"a pocket Merlin, whose head teemed with eccentric plans, strange longings, and quaint fancies." Pocket has a standard (i.e. in many dictionaries) adjective meaning of "miniature". Merlin is the wizard of the King Arthur legends.