Why does Leigh's attitude change by the end of Beverly Cleary's Dear Mr. Henshaw?

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In Beverly Cleary's Dear Mr. Henshaw, Leigh's attitude changes toward the end of the book due to excellent advice he receives from Mr. Fridley, the school custodian.

By February, Leigh is so brokenhearted by his father's treatment that he feels he has to take it out his anger on someone. He tries to seek revenge on the lunch thief by kicking any lunch he comes across down the school hall. Mr. Fridley stops him and says, "I don't want to see a boy like you get into trouble, and that's where you're headed" ("Tuesday, February 6"). When Leigh responds by complaining about not having any friends, Mr. Fridley tells him he "scowls all the time," which isn't very friendly, and tells him he is so wrapped up in his own...

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