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Over the next few days, Mariam and Rasheed settle into a temporary routine. Rasheed leaves for  work in the morning and Mariam spends her days either in bed or fretfully pacing the small house.  After eating dinner alone, Rasheed knocks on Mariam's bedroom door and sits in the doorway telling  her about his day. After a week of this, Rasheed informs Mariam that the next day she must begin  her wifely duties. The next morning, Mariam wakes up, cleans the house, soaks lentils and vegetables, and makes  dough for bread. She walks down the street to the community tandoor oven to cook her bread,  following the women and children heading to the same destination. She's surprised by the women's  talk of ungrateful husbands and wonders how so many women end up in such bad marriages. While  waiting in line she meets Fariba and her son, Noor. Fariba makes friendly talk with Mariam, trying to  make her feel welcome. Soon all of the neighborhood women have crowded around Mariam, asking  her about the children she plans to have and how she's settling in with Rasheed. Overwhelmed, 
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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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