Empathy means the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. That is exactly what Leslie and Janice avery did. Janice had shared her feelings about her dad beating her up every day. And when she told everyone they all started laughing at her. Leslie then said I told everyone that I didn’t have a T.V, everyone started laughing at me. Sympathy means feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune. Which none of them showed.