How did Matt know Attean did not want to learn to read?

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Saknis, Attean's grandfather, pressures him to be taught to read by formulating a treaty with Matt. The Indians will give Matt meat and nourishment if Matt coaches Attean to read English. From the moment Attean takes a seat to start sessions with Matt, it is evident he perceives negligible value...

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Saknis, Attean's grandfather, pressures him to be taught to read by formulating a treaty with Matt. The Indians will give Matt meat and nourishment if Matt coaches Attean to read English. From the moment Attean takes a seat to start sessions with Matt, it is evident he perceives negligible value in the undertaking and would not like to be in Matt's company. He does, nonetheless, keep on going to the cabin every day for classes, indicating that he respects his grandfather’s wish. These exercises establish the relations that Attean will have with Matt that could reveal to him the intolerance he feels with regard to white men.

Attean has almost no respect for white men, including Matt. Matt gathers more solid reasons for his abhorrence over the span of their time together. At the point when Matt ultimately travels to Attean's town, he finds out that Attean's mother was murdered by white men. He also learns that when Attean’s father goes out to seek revenge for his spouse’s death, he never comes back.

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