The Question and Answer section for A Thousand Splendid Suns is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
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,...
Babi wants Laila to be educated and change Afghanistan in the future.
Mariam enjoys the celebration and the feeling of community. Rasheed, however, fasts as he pleases, and is impossible when he does. Lack of food makes for an extremely short-tempered husband.