Laila looks at Mariam, and "For the first time, it was not an adversary's face Laila saw but a face of grievances unspoken, burdens gone unprotested, a destiny submitted to and endured. Jalil impregnates Nana, and she and Mariam live in a kolba small cottage outside of the town.
Both women, however, acknowledge he is powerful and wealthy and that he is able to use his power for or against them as he sees fit.
There was a whole facet of Afghan society which I hadn't touched on in The Kite Runner, an entire landscape that I felt was fertile with story ideas To Mariam, he is the loving father who relieves the monotony of life with his weekly visits; to Nana he is the coward who would not stand by her after getting her pregnant.
He marries Mariam to Rasheed after Nana's death,  but later regrets sending her away. The narrative, which takes place in Afghanistan, is speckled with Afghani phrases that only sometimes are directly defined.