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In Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal becomes friendly with the librarian Miss Franny Block after Miss Franny has been frightened by the sight of Winn-Dixie outside the window. She thought that the dog was a bear, and she remembers a time long ago when a real bear actually did come into the library. She offers to tell this story to Opal, but Opal wants Winn-Dixie to hear the story too. Miss Franny says that dogs are not allowed in the library, but Opal does not listen to her and insists that Winn-Dixie will be a good dog while he is inside. Miss Franny submits to allowing the dog inside possibly because she senses the longing and loneliness that Opal has inside her. Miss Franny is quite old, and she says that all the people whom she knew in the past are now dead, so she is lonely too. Miss Franny's empathy towards Opal's situation motivates her to change the rules.
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