What is the relationship between the two central characters in The Last Mohican and how does it develop?

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Karyth Cara | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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The relationship between Arthur and Shimon is a complex one that develops through pursuit and counter-pursuit. Shimon is initially the antagonist to Arthur but, in the end, turns out to be the source of epiphany for Arthur. At first, Shimon pursues Arthur begging a suit from him. Then, after several rebuffs from Arthur, Shimon steals his briefcase with the valuable first chapter of his research work in it. Now, Arthur pursues Shimon until he finds him, learns his chapter was burned because there was no heart in it, has a revelatory dreams and gives Shimon the suit he had begged for, then has an epiphany finally understanding th heart of what he has been looking for.