“But think a big part of the reason I didn’t care about Corpora’s past was that I had one of my own. I knew all about regret. ” Come. There is a way to be good again” This quote is significant because it indicates that Ihram Khan has known Emir’s secret all these years, the secret of Emir’s cowardice when Hosannas was being attacked by bullies while running a kite for Emir “The elephant in the room’. Nothing could more correctly describe the initial moments of my reunion with Ihram Khan”. Emir’s reunion with Ihram Khan s uncomfortable because of what is left unsaid.
Ihram Khan knows Emir’s secret shame, but does not mention it. “He’s sit in the back of the room, dressed in his shiny old gray suit, wooden cane across his lap, smiling. Sometimes he even took notes. ” “l told him I had written stories in the leather bound notebook he had given me, but he didn’t remember the notebook. ” “And now it was just another pile of rubble” “Ihram Khan had always been one of the most instinctive people I’d ever met”. When Emir had been a child, Ihram Khan had been the only one who ad picked up on Emir’s hurt at his father’s treatment of him.
Ihram Khan also knows that something terrible had happened between Emir and Hosannas, and that the memory of the incident haunts Emir to this day “They don’t let you be human”. In six short words, he describes the severity of the Italian’s oppression of the people “Gaga sahib’s was like my second father… God give him peace”. Hessian’s words are ironic, because even though he is not aware of the fact, Baby was indeed his biological father “Hosannas had so many questions about you” “… T was in the way he smiled.
Looking at the photo, one might have concluded that this was a man who thought the world had been good to him”. This quote captures the essence of Hessian’s character. Even though he had always been treated as an inferior because of his ethnicity, Hosannas never complained or expressed unhappiness at his lot in life. His attitude was always positive and loving, and he had the amazing ability to appreciate the good things he was given, and to overlook the bad “As it turned out, Baby and were more alike than I’d ever known. “l did something I had done twenty-six years earlier. I planted a fistful of crumpled money under the mattress. ” “What was so funny was that, for the first time since the winter of 1 975, I felt at peace. I laughed because saw that, in some hidden nook in a corner of my mind, I’d even been looking forward to this. ” “His hand was cocked above his shoulder, holding the cup of the slingshot at the end of the elastic band which was pulled all the way back. ” “The slingshot made a twitted sound when Sahara released the cup.