What are your thoughts on Daniel's attitude at the beginning of The Bronze Bow?

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When Daniel is introduced at the beginning of the book, he is most of all an unhappy character. He is described as "scowl(ing)" and "puzzled and uneasy." Daniel is resentful; the sight of Malthace, healthy and glowing, reminds him of his own sister, who is, apparently, none of these things. Daniel also struggles to let go of his past; he is conflicted between his longing for news of his village and his desire to forget the old ties that once bound him.

Daniel is a handsome boy, with "sun-bronzed skin, and brilliant dark eyes that could light with fierce patriotism and blacken with swift anger." He is proud, but also eminently lonely; he is embarrassed that he wants so much to talk to Malthace and Joel, but his need overcomes his reserve. Daniel also expresses shame and self-loathing; it is clear that, in leaving his past behind, he is shirking some  duty that is important, and he does not want to be reminded that he may be needed in the place he used to call home (Chapter 1).