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Describe the relationship between Mr. Pignati, Lorraine and John from Zindel's The Pigman.  

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Mr. Pignati, John, and Lorraine essentially function as a family unit. Mr. Pignati's wife has died, so he is all alone. John's home life is awful. His father is a drunk that verbally abuses him, and Lorraine's home life is equally abusive. Her mom is convinced that all men are evil, and she constantly criticizes anything and everything about Lorraine. John and Lorraine might be able to make up for rough home lives with solid, loyal friends. However, the text shows that both John and Lorraine are never going to win a school popularity contest. Mr. Pignati is lonely, so John's presence and Lorraine's presence in his life fills a void that he has been missing for years. Conversely, Mr. Pignati is a father figure of sorts that...

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They become friends because it all started as a joke that they played with other friends. Then it continued on when they went on adventures and does not end even after he dies.