Why did Jamie change his mind about sleeping in the bed with the canopy?

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When Jamie's sister, Claudia, first decides she wants to sleep in the bed with the canopy, Jamie doesn't want to. On page 38, there's an explanation as to why:

Jamie, on the other hand, thought that running away from home to sleep in just another bed was really no challenge...

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When Jamie's sister, Claudia, first decides she wants to sleep in the bed with the canopy, Jamie doesn't want to. On page 38, there's an explanation as to why:

Jamie, on the other hand, thought that running away from home to sleep in just another bed was really no challenge at all. He, James, would rather sleep on the bathroom floor, after all.

But later, when the brother and sister go to sleep, Jamie happily gets into the canopy bed with no fuss and no mention about not wanting to sleep there. So what happened to change his mind?

If you look at the scene on page 38, right after Jamie says he doesn't want to sleep in the bed, Claudia does something that we can infer (or, in other words, conclude from the evidence) makes Jamie think sleeping in the bed will be a challenge, after all.

What does Claudia do? She reads an explanatory sign next to the bed that mentions the bed was the "scene of the alleged murder of Amy Robsart…"

Jamie immediately smiles at this and tells Claude that "for a sister and a fussbudget, you're not too bad." We can interpret this to mean that Jamie is happy that his sister has found a way for him to avoid sleeping on the floor of a bathroom but not avoid the challenge he craves. After all, sleeping in a bed where a murder took place is a pretty big challenge, right?

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