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Sometimes they even put their feetin front of me, the women do, for measurements, and theirhusbands stand there and watch. They allow it. They thinknothing of a stranger touching their wives’ bare feet! Theythink they’re being modern men, intellectuals, on account oftheir education, I suppose. They don’t see that they’re spoilingtheir ownnang andnamoos, their honor and pride.”He shook his head.”She’ll get a crooked stick at last, if she doesn’t look out,” her father said, over the top of his newspaper.Outside, the light was fading, the shadows deepening. Mariam’sface looked thin and drawn in this light, but she did notappear agitated or frightened, merely preoccupied, thoughtful, soself-possessed that when a fly landed on her chin she paid itno attention. She just sat there with her bottom lip stuck out,the way she did when she was absorbed in thought.”Everybody wants Jack,” Laila said to Mariam. “That’s what itis. Everybody wants Jack to rescue them from disaster. 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