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Mariam tells Jalil and Nana what she wants for her approaching fifteenth birthday: to go to Jalil's  cinema house and see the cartoon film,  Pinocchio . Neither Jalil nor Nana like the idea, but once Jalil  and Mariam are alone, she begs her father and he agrees to meet her by the creek the next day to  take her to the movie. The next morning, Mariam dresses in her best clothes and sneaks to the stream, unsure if her  mother sees her as she passes by the house. Mariam waits for hours by the stream, but Jalil does  not come. Finally, fed up, Mariam crosses the stream and for the first time in her life, she walks to  Herat. Upon reaching the city, Mariam is astounded by its liveliness and charmed by the market. The  people who surround her and treat her as a stranger, but — unlike Nana's warnings in which  strangers would ridicule Mariam the moment they saw her. Mariam asks a carriage driver for 
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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.

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