In the book Sefia rescues a little boy from a lightless cage who was bloodied and feral, she gives him parts of her rations, and he follows her. And continues to follow her. And then after days, he keeps following her. Even after she yells for him to leave, he just droops his head down, and then follows her. " 'You don't understand.' Her voice rose. She fluttered her hands uselessly at him. 'I can't take care of you!' She was speaking too loud." The persistence of this little boy shows some symptoms of abandonment issues. Not only not wanting to be alone out of necessity and out of the own loneliness in his heart, the boy stays with Sefia even after her constantly yelling for him to scram. He might simply stay with her for his own mental health. Drastically, the boy has a change of character, once encountered by two of his oppressors, "But the boy was faster than all of them. His golden blur leaping past Sefia, landing on the second man's chest knocking him aside so the arrow struck him in the shoulder and not the heart." The boy then lunges onto one of his two adversaries, and snaps his neck, taking his blade, and hurling it into th spine of the other enemy, faster than Sefia could notch her arrow for a second shot. He then simply looks at Sefia, waits for her to walk, then follows her. This is an almost sure indication of anti-social personality disorder, or sociopathism. His utter ruthlessness with an apathetic attitude leads me to believe he is in some way a sociopath. This goes along with Sefia and she has a sense of justice that needs to be fulfilled so her father did not lose his life in vain. And with this cunning, sociopathic, and ruthless boy, Sefia might ben able to achieve bliss from the downfall of her enemies.
Chee, Traci. The Reader. Vol. 1, Speak, 2017.
- Stout, M. (2006). The sociopath next door: The ruthless versus the rest of us. Harmony Books.