“Auntie names another figure. The turnip-nose man answers with a smaller amount. Auntie goes high. The man goes low. Eventually they agree and te man gives Auntie a roll of rupee notes. I do not know what they have agreed to. But I do know this: he gives her nearly enough money to buy a water buffalo” (75).
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Why are we here and who are you???
Lakshmi's (left) auntie and a man are exchanging numbers as this man is going to soon help Lakshmi "work for good money" not really knowing what's going on.
“Underneath the weight of him, I cannot see or move or breathe. He fumbles with his pants, forcing my legs apart, and I can feel him pushing himself between my thighs. I gasp for air and kick and squirm. He thrusts his tongue in my mouth. And I bite down with all my might. He cries out with ‘Aghh!’ and I am running” ( 103).
As the auntie wants to trade numbers with this man, she does not explain to Lakshmi what her reasoning to want such a high amount of money from this man. They decide to keep this huge situation a secret to themselves even when they know how much harm this brings to Lakshmi. Her uncle-husband takes her to a new place called the ‘happiness house,’ which is a mystery to Lakshmi as of until she meets her new auntie Mumtaz. Immediately when she gets in, she sees many girls of many ages standing on stands with men at the bottom row yelling numbers as they are sold to them. As Lakshmi goes up to the stands, someone yells out 10,000 rupees as they are then sold from how vulnerable property they are to these people.
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Lakshmi now feels so vulnerable and knows that she can't even try to run away from this "happiness house." Mumtaz still feels to be harsh about all of this and feels not to tell Lakshmi what's going on. All this propels the plot of the book because it leads to many more events and situations that Lakshmi gets in and she still gets hurt by many inside and out later in the book.
Lakshmi bites and runs away from the man that tries to rape her in the “happiness-house” that her uncle-husband took her to.
Lakshmi has been taught that she needs to do as these men say, but when she knows it’s wrong she knows how to fight back, so she decided to bite him and run back to her room to gather her clothes to run away. Mumtaz would cut her hair, starve her, and beat her until sore to show what she got herself into. She did get used to it as she could stay in her room which she had no problem with because of what was going on in the other rooms. She soon gets so numb from knowing that she has nothing left to hold onto, whether its home or even herself as she had to go back to work soon and do what the men say even when she will stay strong and disagree with the men.
This propels the plot as Lakshmi will not totally know what’s going to happen next to herself as she has no way out of this ‘Happiness House’. When Mumtaz sees that it is easier for Lakshmi to get used to these consequences, everything is just gonna get worse for her because she knows that she can handle a lot.