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Crispin becomes close to Bear because of hunger and an oath he swore that made Bear hiss master in the eyes of God. Crispin is so religious that he would not violate the oath and risk going to hell. Bear needed a helper to play the music so he could sing and dance. He also wanted someone to carry his bags. As Bear sees what a miserable existence Crispin has had and how little he knows about life, Bear tries to make the boy more self-worthy. His goal is to make Crispin smile and learn some skills so he can become a free man rather than a peasant obliged to a nobleman. As Bear learns the boy's story, he is reminded of his own childhood when he was given away by his father to the church. Eventually, they take on a father-son relationship (or master and apprentice) as a cover story when they are in Great Wexley. This close relationship keeps Crispin safe, warm, and fed, and eventually extends to Crispin rescuing Bear and escaping from the steward and his soldiers.

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Crispin: The Cross of Lead

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