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  • Mariam losing her mother
  • 'Blessed is He in Whose hand is the kingdom, and He Who has power over all things, Who created death and life that He may try you.' (Chapter 6, page 38)
  • [Mariam's mother] "Don't leave me, Mariam jo. Please stay. I'll die if you go." (Chapter 5, page 27)
  • Entering a forced marriage
  • Jalil, do you have any objections to this union? (Chapter 8, page 52)
  • No. (Chapter 8, page 52)
  • Forced to chew on pebbles
  • Now you know what your rice tastes like. Now you know what you've given me in this marriage. Bad food, and nothing else. (Chapter 15, page 104)
  • CHEW! (Chapter 15, page 104)
  • Enduring the Unendurable: Mariam loses her mother to suicide in the first few chapters of the novel. Attempted to be comforted by the words of the Koran above, Mariam can only think about her mom’s last words to her before she left to see her father, Jalil.
  • Mariam is placed in an arranged marriage with a man named Rasheed, who is over twice her age. While discomfort is expressed with Jalil when giving his daughter away, he fails to object the process. His wives' reminding Mariam to say "yes".
  • Mariam goes to live with Rasheed and as years passed, Rasheed became more angery, short tempered and abusive. Above, Rasheed has forced a handful of rocks into Mariam’s mouth and demands she chew. While she follows orders Rasheed expresses that her rice is the same as the pebbles.
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