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Later, Amir finds a deck of cards in a bedside stand and he plays panjar with Sohrab. They talk about Hassan and how he and Amir were nursed by the same woman. Sohrab tells Amir that Hassan has said that Amir was the best friend he had ever had. Later that night, Amir dreams that Assef is standing in the doorway with a brass ball still in his eye socket. He tells Amir that they are twins, that they are the same.
The next day, Amir decides he must leave, but there is a hitch in their plans: John and Betty Caldwell are not in Peshawar; in fact, there never was a John and Betty Caldwell there according to the US consulate. In his ride to Islamabad, Amir dreams snippets of dreams reflecting memories from the past and he hears the words over and over, ďA way to be good again . . .Ē
The dream Amir has of wrestling the bear like his father is symbolic of his mortal battle with Assef. He has become the man his father was. This will be further emphasized in Rahimís final note when he tells Amir that his father was a tortured soul, too. So, Amir is more like his father than he ever believed. It is also symbolic that Assef cut Amirís lip in half so it looked like he had a harelip. He is also Hassan at this point, suffering at the hands of the man who had tormented them both all through their boyhood.
Rahimís final words to Amir are very poignant, but also significant. He explains why they had lied to him and Hassan for all those years and how that tormented Baba. But he notes that bad men have no conscience and feel no guilt, a lesson for Amir that he is basically a good man. He also indicates that true redemption comes only when guilt leads to goodness, something Amir has done. His leaving his apartment key and all his money as well as the news that John and Betty Caldwell never existed indicate that this was all part of Rahim Khanís plan. He must have had a tremendous belief in Amirís goodness to have set into motion the trip to Afghanistan and the return of Amir with Sohrab. His lied about the Caldwells to encourage Amir to find Sohrab. Now they foreshadow Rahimís real plan: to have Amir bring Sohrab with him to the United States.
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