In Bridge to Terabithia, what feelings do Jess and Leslie share regarding other people?

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Clearly there are a number of things that unite Jess and Leslie in this excellent short story. One of the key elements is the way that they are both "outsiders" in the school community. Jess is an outsider because of the poverty of his family - it is clear that he is not accepted in his school, whereas Jess is an outsider because she has just moved into this community and she is very obviously different. As Jess and Leslie embark on their journey of the imagination into the kingdom of Terabithia, this serves to isolate them from the rest of their peers as they share this game together. It is interesting that the only person they both have respect for is the beautiful Miss Edmunds. Of course, it is highly significant that at the end of the story Jess is able to share Terabithia with his younger sister - perhaps reflecting a greater maturity and willingness to share this childhood game with others.