Why didn't Daniel want to return to the village to see his grandmother and sister?Why didn't Daniel want to return to the village to see his grandmother and his sister?

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Daniel was ashamed that he ran away from the village, breaking his apprenticeship vow to the abusive iron smith to whom he was apprenticed. In doing so, he abandoned an elderly grandmother and a troubled sister, leaving them to survive on next to nothing. His sisterLeah was said to be possessed by demons and she refused to leave the house. Her behavior was out of touch with reality and her withdrawal complete, even to not eating. The crucifixion death of her father and the subsequent death of her mother from grief and exposure while waiting at the feet of her dead husband was witnessed by the five year old Leah. Since that time, the villagers feared her as she might spread the demons to the villagers. If he went home, he might feel compelled to remain and care for his family. He might even be arrested for running away from his master. While living in the mountains with Rosh and his men, he had abandoned all practices of the Jews and was uncomfortable in resuming his abandoned culture.

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