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10.) “I envied her. Her secret was out. Spoken. Dealt with.” (pg 165)
Amir makes this comment to the reader after Soraya tells him the whole story of how she ran away with a man and shamed her family. He wishes he could tell what secrets he carries around, too.
11.) “Baba had wrestled bears his whole life . . . In the end, a bear had come that he couldn’t best. But even then, he had lost on his own terms.” (pg 174)
Baba has died and Amir sums up his life with these words.
12.) “Amir and Hassan, The Sultans of Kabul” (pg. 264)
Amir finds these words he and Hassan had carved in the pomegranate tree so many years before, and he is reminded of the friend and the brother he has lost.
13.) “You don’t know the meaning of the word ‘liberating’ until you’ve done that, stood in a roomful of targets, let the bullets fly, free of guilt and remorse, knowing you are virtuous, good, and decent. Knowing you’re doing God’s work. It’s breath taking.” (pg. 277)
These chilling words were spoken by Assef who in his insanity believes destroying the Hazaras is God’s work.
14.) “. . . for the first time since the winter of 1975, I felt at peace. I laughed because I saw that, in some hidden nook in the corner of my mind, I’d even been looking forward to this.” (pg. 289)
Amir is being beaten to death by Assef, but he finally feels at peace, because somehow he has always believed he deserved it for what he had done to Hassan.
15.) “Your father, like you, was a tortured soul, Amir jan.” (pg 301)
Rahim Khan wrote these words to Amir to help him understand why he and his father had never had a close relationship.
16.) “I looked down at Sohrab. One corner of his mouth had curled up just so. A smile. Lopsided. Hardly there. But there.” (pg. 170-171)
Amir leaves the reader with these words and the knowledge that Sohrab is coming out of his silence and returning to life.
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