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- Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman.-Nana
- What good is it? All this, what good is it? -Mariam
- I dream of you too, Mariam jo. I miss you. I miss the sound of your voice, your laughter. I miss reading to you, and all the times we fished together. Do you remember all the times we fished together? You were a good daughter, Mariam jo, and I cannot ever think of you without feeling shame and regret. -Jalil's letter
- Regret...when it comes to you, I have oceans of it. -Jalil's letter
- Women have always had it hard in this country, Laila, but they're probably more free now,f under the communists, and have more rights than they've ever had before. -Babi
- *Mariam is having a flashback*
- Jailil: Ah yes. Of course. Well then, without further ado...
- (a gold pendent with stars and moons hanging from it)
- Jalil: try it on, Mariam jo.
- Mariam: What do you think?
- Jalil: I think you look like a queen.
- And I wrote to you, Laila. Volumes. -Tariq
- Mariam: I can't beleive what you are now, if you were a Benz before.
- Laila: A jeep? Maybe a jumbo jet?
- Nana (to Mariam): When I'm gone, you'll have nothing in this world. You are nothing!
- Nana (to Mariam) : A man's heart isn't like a woman's womb, Mariam! It won't bleed, it won't make room for you. A man's heart is a wretched, wretched thing. I'm all you have in this world, Mariam and when I'm gone, you'll have nothing. You are nothing!
- Laila (at fourteen years): What would your mother say when she saw you smoke?
- Tariq: She doesn't know
- Laila: That could change
- Tariq: Who's going to tell her? You?
- Laila: Tell your secrets to the wind but don't blame it for telling the trees.
- Tariq: I do it for the girls
- Laila: What girls?
- Tariq: They think its sexy
- Giti: Nobody ever came for my hand.
- Hasina: That's because you have a beard, my dear.
- Tariq (meeting Laila after ten years): It's good to see you, Laila.
- Mullah Faizullah: It wasn't your fault,Mariam. Don't think this way. This will destroy you, my girl. It wasn't your fault.
- Laila: It isn't fair.
- Mariam: No, it is fair. I killed our husband, Laila. I deprived your son of a father. Even if we escape, I...I won't be able to look at him without shame. No, it's my fault. Take care, Laila jo.
- Tariq: For you, Laila, I'd go all over the world
- "Mariam is never very far, she is here, in these walls they've repainted, in the trees they've planted, in the blankets that keep the children warm, in these pillows and books and pencils. She is in the children's laughter. She is in the verses Aziza recites and in the prayers she mutters when she bows westward. But, mostly, Miriam is in Laila's own heart, where she shines with the bursting radiance of a thousand suns."
- Chapter, 51.