"In they valley below Farishta's house, the mulberry trees clung fast to their leaves..." (1).
"'You are bleeding because you are a woman now. It is a sadness and a happiness too. At Ramadan, this year, you will join the fast. Now I will show you how to use these,' she said, pulling out the pads, 'and how to begin thinking of yourself. Because you will never be the same again'" (8).
"There were no sides, really, only honor or death" (141).
Imagery A common description in this book was of a garden as the sun was going down, so that's what I attempted to portray. They described mulberry trees very vividly at the beginning of the book, and in the very end they described them again, still alive even after all the conflict in the book.
Foreshadowing In the first, second, and third chapter of the book, steps to womanly hood are explained in graphic detail. For example, in the first chapter, Afia's youngest sister, Sobia, gets her first menstrual cycle and it is described as things never being the same and one step closer to womanly hood. This alludes to when Afia consents to sexual intercourse with Gus and is also described as a step closer to womanly hood.
Symbolism Mulberry trees are only one of many examples in this book of indirect symbolism, and they are a sign of hope. Although an even bigger piece of symbolism is the title. The title is A Sister To Honor, and throughout the book they're consistently referring to Afia's honor for her religion.