David’s Uncle Axel is very supportive of him, and they have a father-son relationship that is much better than the one between David and his own father.
David is much closer with Axel than his own father. He was married to one of David’s aunts who died. He calls David “Davie” and never yells at him or beats him. He just looks out for him and gives him advice.
He was a useful all-round man, though slow in getting about because of his leg, so my father let him live with us: he was also my best friend. (ch 2)
Uncle Axel is an unusual person. He and David are close. David describes him as his “best friend among the grown-ups” (ch 4). Most of the people in Waknuk are strictly religious or just afraid. Axel, on the other hand, is...
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