A Thousand Splendid Suns

Chapter 7: Why Jalil doesn’t want to let Miriam stay with him?

In this chapter we learned about Jalil's wives new plan

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I think that Jalil basically wants another wife: a younger version. After the funeral ceremonies, Jalil offers Mariam a room in his house, but her feelings toward him have turned angry, negative. Mariam also gets the feeling that in Jalil's house, everyone's cold eyes are upon her.

Mariam does not leave her bedroom except to use the bathroom. Food is brought to her. Jalil comes to see her and makes insincere attempts to incorporate Mariam into the family. Mariam realizes that she does not belong in Jalil's house, but she feels that she has nowhere else to go.