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After a few brief but sweet days of romance, Tariq visits Laila with heartbreaking news: he and his  family are fleeing Kabul. He tells Laila that his father's health requires them to leave, but that he'll  come back the minute he can to find her. Furious, Laila starts hitting Tariq, but soon her anger  transforms into desire and the two make love. Afterward, Laila is torn between feeling joyful and ashamed. Her shame is diminished by Tariq's  admission of love and his plea for her to join him and his family and to marry him immediately.  Although tempted, Laila has her own familial obligations; she knows that if she left, it would break  her father's heart. Finally, Laila forces Tariq to leave and leans against the door, listening to him  plead with her until he finally gives up and walks back to his house. Through Laila and Tariq's decision to part ways, Hosseini demonstrates the significance of family to 
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