As Laila and her father sit down to dinner, they hear a knock at the door. A stranger asks to speak to Laila's parents and her father tells her to go upstairs. Fariba joins Hakim and Laila spies on their conversation with the stranger; it quickly becomes clear that he brings news that Laila's brothers, Noor and Ahmed, have died.Funeral preparations begin the next day. Women flood their home, comforting Fariba and preparing the house for guests. Laila and her father wander aimlessly, both of them feeling useless around the women. That afternoon, the men gather at a hall and the women, including Mariam, gather with Fariba at home. They listen to a recorded reading of the Koran and Laila realizes she doesn't feel anything: she hardly knew her brothers. Tariq has always been the only brother in her life.
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