'Shh...' Bruce suddenly looked about him like a furtive cartoon character. "The Shah is an undercover agent". " Ah. Inspector Gadget!" Pearl grinned. Pg. This scene connects to characterisation as Pearl stats off not knowing who Hussein is and doesn't take the time to know him.
Hussein was in the plant nursery... we saw him running his fingers over a small mandarin tree, as if he couldn't believe it was there. Smelling the fruit, pressing at the earth and even listening to the leaves. Pg. 35 This scene connects to characterisation as Pearls sees that Hussein isn't all tough. This is a big step for Pearl as she develops as a character.
But The Shah kept looking at the roof, as if he was looking for the hole Henny made, and he didn't stop trembling until Pearl grabbed his hand and smiled and squeezed it. Pg. 35 This scene connects to characterisation as Pearl starts on an emotional journey to understand how Hussein feels.
And then The Shah walked up to her, looked at her and squeezed her arm. She put her hand on his and tried a very w weak smile. He nodded and led her away. All this without a single word. As if he had learned just what to do. As if he had done it before, many times. As if other kids had done it for him. Pg. 37 This scene connects to characterisation as Pearl loses her younger sister Suzy, Hussein understands what she is going through and comforts her. She begins to become friends with Hussein.
We saw Horse's city on TV soon after that. Buildings with shell holes, walls scarred by bullet patterns, streets covered with dust, blocked by car wrecks and rubble. Pg. 38 Pearl understand what Hussein has been through which made her embark on an inner journey to understand what he has felt.