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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 
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