Rasheed and Mariam arrive at his house in Kabul late the next day. While his two-story home is much larger than the kolba where Mariam grew up, it's sparsely furnished and in poor condition. Mariam breaks into tears on her arrival, and while Rasheed puts up with her tears, he lets her know he hates to hear a woman cry. Rasheed gives Mariam a brief tour of the house, taking her upstairs to the two bedrooms. Rasheed tells Mariam that he prefers to sleep alone and gives her the guest room. Mariam is relieved, but still overwhelmed and Rasheed teases her again before letting her settle into her new room.Chapter 9 provides a foundation for Mariam's new life by establishing setting and expanding the theme of gender roles. First, by providing the reader with a physical description of Rasheed's home, the reader gains insight into both Rasheed and Mariam's characters. Rasheed's house is shabby,
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