A Thousand Splendid Suns

Why does Mariam say yes to marry Rasheed?

Chapters 1-15 section 1

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Mariam protests the marriage contract and ends up locked in her room as a result. At the ceremony she refuses to speak and numerous throats are cleared around the room. Jalil then shows Mariam her face in a mirror, which she scrutinizes..... then she sees Rasheed's face for the first time. Without explanation.... and after much scrutiny, she says "yes" as she is prompted.


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