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Narrator doesn't't appreciate the growth of
baby
Religion + sex = how it is dealt with
Takes place in Pakistan…read more

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On our Eid day my cousin was sent to
the village. Something happened. We think it was pain.
She gave wheat to the miller and the miller
gave her flour. Afterwards it did not hurt,
so for a while she made chapatis. Tasleen,
said her friends, Tasleen, do come out with us.
Eid- End of fasting
sent- verb, didn't want to go
Something happened.- doesn't understand + short, blunt, end of life
pain- emotional pain
She gave wheat to the miller and the miller
gave her flour. Afterwards it did not hurt,- Innocence subtext- rape
while she made chapatis- Carries on with normality.
Tasleen, said her friends, Tasleen, do come out with us. ­ Marks end of
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They were in a coy near the swing. It's like
a field. Sometimes we planted melons, spinach,
marrow, and there was a well. She sat on the swing.
They pushed her till she shouted Stop the swing,
then she was sick. Tasleen told them them to find
help. She made blood beneath the mango tree.
Sometimes we planted melons, spinach, marrow,- fertile, growing as a
baby
well- holy
She sat on the swing- Tasleen is a child.
She made blood beneath the mango tree- could be a miscarriage
mango tree- symbolizes love, wealth, fertility and immortality…read more

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Her mother held her down. She thought something
was burning her stomach. We paint our hands.
We visit. We take each other money.
Outside, the children played Jack-with-Five-Stones.
Each day she'd carried water from the well
into the Mosque. Men washed and prayed to God.
Her mother held her down.- reputation- forced abortion
We paint our hands.- diversion goes back to children
Each day she'd carried water from the well into the Mosque.- men make
mistakes (holy water purifies it).…read more

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After an hour she died. Her mother cried.
They called a Holy Man. he walked from Dina
to Jhang Chak. He saw her dead, then said
She went out at noon and the ghost took her heart.
From that day we warned not to do this.
Baarh is a small read fruit. We guard our hearts.
died- internal rhyme
cried- expected
Holy Man ­ again, hierarchy designed by god.
Ghost ­ man who took her virginity
We guard our hearts.- shock statement isn't learning.- not been
protected ­ poor communication.…read more

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