In Chapter 3 of The Bronze Bow, why does Simon come to visit Daniel?

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By this stage in the story, Daniel has broken free from his life at the forge to become an outlaw. The lifestyle agrees with him, and he has no intention of going back to the village. Simon, however, wants to persuade him otherwise. Amalek the blacksmith has died, so Daniel...

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By this stage in the story, Daniel has broken free from his life at the forge to become an outlaw. The lifestyle agrees with him, and he has no intention of going back to the village. Simon, however, wants to persuade him otherwise. Amalek the blacksmith has died, so Daniel is free from this bond. Simon thinks this crucial piece of information will be enough to convince Daniel to return. He understands that, however glamorous and exciting the outlaw life may appear, it's also highly dangerous; Daniel could end up being killed at any moment.

But Daniel's not interested. For the first time, he feels he has a sense of purpose and direction in his life. However, he meets Simon halfway in that he agrees to come back to the village—not on a permanent basis, but to visit his sister and grandmother.

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In the first chapter of The Bronze Bow, Daniel meets a brother and sister, Joel and Malthace, on the mountain. He asks them to send word to Simon in the village, a mutual acquaintance, letting him know where Daniel is. In Chapter 3, Simon is led by some of Rosh's scouts to Daniel blindfolded. Daniel thinks that Simon may be interested in joining Rosh's band because he knows that Simon also wants to fight to overthrow the Romans. However, Simon explains that he has come to let Daniel know that Amalek, Daniel's former master, died two weeks ago. Since Daniel ran away from Amalek, who had paid for Daniel to serve him, Daniel has not dared return to the village, for he would have fallen under Amalek's control again. Now Simon tells Daniel that Amalek has died, leaving no heirs, meaning that Daniel is now released from his "bond," or required servitude. Therefore, Daniel has no reason not to visit his grandmother and sister, whom he has not seen in two years. Daniel agrees to go to the village with Simon to see his family. 

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