In The Bronze Bow, what difference does Daniel feel in the meal at Simon's house and his meal with Rosh's bandits?

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Earlier in the book, Daniel attends a feast for Jesus and his followers at Simon's house. Daniel is still filled with conflicting emotion, and does not fully understand why people are so drawn to Jesus. Instead, he has an outburst when someone claims to have been healed, and rejects Simon's offer of solidarity, believing Jesus to be, in some way, a fraud. Later, when he returns to the bandit camp after living in the village for a time, he discovers that his old familiar life is not as comfortable as he remembered it:

Daniel thought now of the one meal he had shared with Simon's comrades. He remembered the silence as Jesus had stood to bless the meager feast, and how each one had taken less than he needed so that those outside could be fed. A closeness had seemed to draw them all together. Tonight, who but Samson had cared that he had come back?
(Speare, The Bronze Bow, Google Books)

Daniel starts to realize that the people who care about him and others are in the village, not in the bandit camp. The sheep that Samson brings is cooked and devoured immediately, and Daniel cannot help but think of the person from whom Samson stole the sheep, in stark contrast to the feasters who deliberately ate less to distribute to the poor. This contrast is one of many indications that Rosh and the bandits are not as devoted to the cause as Daniel initially assumed.

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