A thousand splendid suns

A thousand splendid suns

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  • Nana tells Mariam that she doesn't matter to Jalil. She says that she will never be wanted in his house because she is a harami. 
  • Jalil allows Miriam to be married off to Rashid at the request of his three wives. He wants to preserve his honor and that means sending Miriam away.
  • Rasheed treats Miriam poorly. He also instructs her on what he believes an ideal wife should be: subservient, obedient, and fertile. 
  • Miriam cannot carry a baby and that is the ultimate dishonor a woman can do to her husband.
  • Rasheed insists on marrying Laila to legitimize the fact that she is an unmarried girl staying with him. Miriam tries to argue because she she's this as a sign of disrespect to her.
  • Laila 
  • Laila agrees to marry Rasheed because it is dishonorable and dangerous to be a pregnant and unmarried girl. She will pretend to be carrying Rasheed's  baby to protect his pride. 
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