To Kill a Mockingbird

Why does Dill's explanation of Jem's state of dress almost land him in trouble?

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Dill makes up a story about playing strip poker to explain Jem's missing pants, and Jem says they were playing with matches rather than cards, as playing cards would be considered unforgivable by his father.

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