How would you describe the narrator's attitude toward Doodle?

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Doodle, at the story's outset, is seen as a bit of a hinderance or inconvenience. Wherever the narrator goes, he constantly has to be on guard on Doodle's behalf, and whatever he does, he is goaded to include Doodle in it, even if he seems incapable. As the story progresses, we see traces of fondness and familiarity growing from the narrator's perspective about Doodle. In the end, when Doodle and the Ibis both die, the narrator is saddened and guilt-ridden for his treatment of the disabled character.