Describe the relationship between Arnold and Mr. P in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian?

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At first, the relationship between Arnold and Mr. P is very tense--Arnold is angry that Mr. P is still using the really old textbooks in class.  He feels that Mr. P is not giving him and the other students a quality education.  Out of anger and frustration, Arnold throws a book at Mr. P.  But Mr. P is not mad at Arnold for this incident; instead, Mr. P goes to Arnold's home to talk to him about school.  Mr. P confesses that he has done little over the years to challenge the poor education that the students receive on the reservation.  Mr. P tells Junior that he knows that he is smart and that he should leave the reservation to follow his dreams.  Junior respects Mr. P for admitting his faults and encouraging him to succeed.

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