A Wizard of Earthsea
How we cite our quotes:
He flew to the right haven. There were few on Roke and only one on Gont who could have made him back into a man. (7.86)
Wait, wait, wait – in the last quote, it really seemed like people couldn't be friends unless there was some equality. But then, when Ged has nowhere to turn, where does he fly? Back to Ogion. Now, Ged calls Ogion his master a few times, so it doesn't seem like they're equals. But then Ogion also gives advice to Ged and never really tells him what to do. So… what's the deal with Ged and Ogion – are they friends, or what?
From some hidingplace sewn in the skirt of the dress she took a small object, and this was held out to Ged. It was a bit of dark metal, a piece of broken jewelry perhaps, the half-circle of a broken ring. Ged looked at it, but she gestured that he take it, and was not satisfied until he took it; then she nodded and smiled again; she had made him a present. (8.39)
Although they can't communicate very well, Ged and the two Kargad exiles have a pretty OK relationship by the end of Ged's stay. We wouldn't want to call them friends, but these royal exiles at least gives Ged a present, and Ged reciprocates by charming their well. (Ever notice how friends trade presents?)
He had not yet let go of Ged's shoulder, and he said now, in the True Speech, "In trouble and from darkness you come, Ged, yet your coming is joy to me." (9.20)
Remember, humans can't lie in the True Speech, so when Vetch tells Ged that he's happy to see him, that's something we can take to the bank. Even though Ged's deep in trouble and Vetch knows about it, Vetch is happy to see him. Can two guys be more friendly?