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Unformatted text preview: Nana and Mariam discuss their life in the kolba , with Nana insisting that Jalil and his family see them as weeds albeit weeds not so much plucked, but transplanted at a distance. Nana reveals that she refused to live in Herat because she did not want to have Jalil's legitimate life paraded around her constantly, so Jalil and two of his sons built the small, simple house Mariam inhabits until she is fifteen years old. Nana also tells Mariam the story of her first beau. When Nana was fifteen, she was to marry this man, but then the jinn came over her a seizure that scared off her beau and any other potential suitors. Despite her own youth, Mariam realizes that her mother has not been happy since losing that first love. Mariam's parents tell her conflicting stories of her birth. Nana tells Mariam that she was alone in the hut, lying on the floor for two days with a knife by her side to cut the umbilical cord; Jalil did not come...
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08