Summary of the Story from Chapters 7-10: Parvana had to go and earn some money since she was the only one that saw how father did it ever since he was kidnapped. There was only one thing she had to do when going outside, and that was to pretend she is her father’s nephew Kaseem. While she was out in the marketplace waiting for someone to buy something from her, she felt a shadow before she saw it, it was a Taliban soldier. That soldier instead of shooting her, wanted her to read a letter. The taliban soldier then offered a price for Parvana to write a reply. After doing so, a man asked how much for her beautiful shalwar kameez (a shirt of some sort) and ended up with a price and she was glad to make a sale.
When she arrived home, her mother announced that they were going to start working on a magazine. The whole family was assigned to do certain tasks. Parvana’s sister, Maryam, wanted to go get tap water with Parvana. She was tested on some questions like who Parvana was as a boy and things like that. It was Maryam’s first time getting water in over a year’s time. Parvana then went to the marketplace and thought that she saw her father, when really, it was just a man. Trying to sell things once again, she suddenly collided with a boy. She was shocked after seeing her face, because it was her classmate.
They then decided to both go back to Parvana’s home, but before that, her classmate Shauzia (but called Shafiq in order to disguise it as a boy’s name.) gave Parvana some sweet, apricots. Parvana told Shafiq about her father being arrested at prison. After arriving at home, Shafiq suggested an idea that could let them earn much more money, but the idea was not something either of them liked doing.
Bones. They did not like digging up bones at all. But they decided that it was the only way to earn more money, so they went digging for bones. While they were digging, Shafiq had to go to the toilet, they were both worried about land mines blowing up in the toilet, so they had to be cautious, but at the end they ended up finding no land mines. After filling up the buckets completely, they gave the buckets to the collector and weighted the bones, named the amount and then counted up the money.
What do you predict will happen next?
I predict that their parents will ask why they are so dirty from digging the bones, and will secretly continue to dig up bones.
Anything confusing you want to mention, or any questions you want to ask? I do have some questions I want to ask. The questions are….
-Every time they mention Hossain, I always wonder why he’s so important even though the book hasn’t mentioned much about him?
-When they dig up bones, how much bones do they actually put per bucket?