Why does Beatrice hate Roy in the beginning of Hoot?

In the beginning of Hoot, Beatrice hates Roy because he almost knocked her over in his hurry to get off the bus. He has also seen her stepbrother, and she is worried he will not keep their secret.

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For starters, Beatrice and Roy's relationship gets off to a rocky start because he pushes her out of his way as she is getting onto the bus. The reason he pushes her is his desperation to get off the bus and find out more about the barefooted running boy who...

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For starters, Beatrice and Roy's relationship gets off to a rocky start because he pushes her out of his way as she is getting onto the bus. The reason he pushes her is his desperation to get off the bus and find out more about the barefooted running boy who he has now seen twice through the bus window. The other reason that Beatrice hates Roy is that the barefooted boy is her stepbrother, and she is trying to protect him from being seen or caught.

Roy becomes aware of Beatrice's hatred for him when she confronts him in the cafeteria, and his initial impression of her is that she's yet another bully that he has to contend with. She accuses him of nearly knocking her down that morning, but she denies having seen the running boy whom Roy refers to. She suspects, however, that Roy has seen her stepbrother, who is nicknamed Mullet Fingers. Mullet Fingers has escaped from boarding school and doesn't want to go home to his difficult mother. Beatrice hates Roy initially because she realizes that he has seen Mullet Fingers, and she doesn't want him to find out the truth. Everything he knows about Mullet Fingers is a threat to the safety of her stepsibling's secret. She tells him in no uncertain terms to mind his own business, which of course, he does not.

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