In Chapter 12, Hosseini contrasts Mariam's pleasure in celebrating with the community during Ramadan with Rasheed's secrecy, which shows that Mariam and Rasheed are fundamentally different despite Mariam's growing sense of comfort in the relationship. Mariam's refuses to acknowledge the warning signs presented in the chapter. Mariam does not confront Rasheed about his lack of participation in Ramadan — this, despite his traditional religious beliefs regarding the role of women in society — or about his grumpiness when he does participate. Mariam is unsettled when she finds a gun and pornography in the house, but she dismisses both because of her gender stereotypes: Rasheed's a man, so of course he has a gun to protect his wife and home, and of course he had sexual needs before Mariam arrived. While she's able to talk herself out of worrying
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