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Before telling Rasheed of her pregnancy, Laila remembers a neighborhood party where women  gossiped about his son's drowning. The women said that Rasheed had been drunk when he was  supposed to be supervising his son, and that it was his neglect that caused the boy to drown.  Rasheed reacts to the news of Laila's pregnancy with a cruel joy; he cannot help but point out that  he'll have a child and Mariam never will. Laila is stunned by Rasheed's cruelty. Later, Mariam warns  Laila that her pregnancy changes nothing between the two of them, and that Mariam will never be  her servant. As winter arrives, Rasheed takes Laila out to visit his shoe shop, which is nicer than she'd imagined  it. Rasheed asks Laila if she and Mariam have been getting along. Laila lies and says they have. In 
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