75 - Laila and Mariam share in household tasks and the care...

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Unformatted text preview: Laila and Mariam share in household tasks and the care for Aziza. Aziza grows supremely fond of Mariam, greeting her ecstatically every morning. It's now January 1994 and the political climate has only gotten worse. The violence increases so much that Rasheed is forced to stay home from work for several days. As Rasheed paces the living room with his gun in his hand, Mariam and Laila long for him to go back to work as they're riddled with anxiety when he's around. A few days later, Laila offers to braid Mariam's hair. As Laila works on her hair, Mariam tells Laila about the events leading up to her marriage to Rasheed. Laila absorbs the older woman's story and then tells her own story of her relationship with Tariq — and her plans to flee from Rasheed. She asks Mariam to join her. Mariam is terrified but thrilled by the idea of escape, and surprised at herself asks Mariam to join her....
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