In Bearstone, why do you think Walter reacted to cloyds running away so camly?

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I assume you are referring to Cloyd taking off upon his arrival at Walter's place. Walter does not immediately see himself as a parent-figure to Cloyd and so does not have the panic and need for control of those in authority over the boy. It is also important to note that Walter is a horseman, and knows well that a wild horse often has to run himself out before surrendering to the saddle. He knew Cloyd was testing him, and allowed Cloyd the freedom to return on his own terms, setting up a different relationship than Cloyd has ever had with an adult.

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