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Daniel has refused to return to his village, leaving his sister and grandmother behind. He sees his past life as nothing more than bad memories, with his father and uncle's death too closely associated. However, after he meets Joel and Thacia, he starts to think about at least visiting. Then he gets word that his grandmother is dying, and he returns to the village to be with her. Her death reminds him of his childhood and how she used to care for him and teach him. Later, as he works to try and reconnect with his old life and especially his agoraphobic sister, he is stunned by the kindness of his neighbors.
Just outside the door stood a vehicle so extraordinary that he stood peering out at it, not realizing what it could be. An aged carpenter who lived a short way down the road stood beside the thing, grinning.
A lump pushed up against Daniel's throat. Once again he felt shamed. Why should they show such kindness to a stranger and an outcast?
(Speare, The Bronze Bow, Google Books)
The vehicle is a litter, enclosed by curtains. Daniel will be able to bring his sister to their new home without exposing her to the outside world, which will harm her mentally. He realizes that he is truly more at home in the village than up in the bandit camp; the people here care about each other, not solely about themselves. They come together when they need to, and have no expectation of payment. This helps Daniel realize that he needs more than revenge in his life to make him happy.
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