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At first, the relationship between Arnold and Mr. P is very tense--Arnold is angry that Mr. P is still using the really old textbooks in class. He feels that Mr. P is not giving him and the other students a quality education. Out of anger and frustration, Arnold throws a book at Mr. P. But Mr. P is not mad at Arnold for this incident; instead, Mr. P goes to Arnold's home to talk to him about school. Mr. P confesses that he has done little over the years to challenge the poor education that the students receive on the reservation. Mr. P tells Junior that he knows that he is smart and that he should leave the reservation to follow his dreams. Junior respects Mr. P for admitting his faults and encouraging him to succeed.
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