Timothy is always very patient of Phillip. At the beginning of the book, Phillip is immature and basically rude. He treats Timothy with no respect at all, and he behaves very recklessly as well as treating Timothy badly. However, Timothy seems to realize that Phillip is young and will learn, and he remains calm, polite, and patient. He also shows Phillip boundaries, slapping him when he goes too far. It does not take long for Phillip to begin to depend on Timothy, and accept his teachings. By the end of the book they have become friends, until Timothy dies. Even then, he has left a lasting impression and Phillip is forever changed from the experience.