token of submission, I lower my eyes and promise compliance.
My heart is smiling, for on this night I have made a brilliant
discovery that the men of my family are locked to me as if by
a chain, that their dominance jails them as surely as it
say good night to my father and brother, I think to myself:
complete power poisons the hand of the person that holds it.
of my blood, Ali is displeased and gruff in our parting. He
would like nothing better than to see me placed under house
arrest, but he cannot risk the wound to his male pride that
would come from being associated by blood with such a one as
give him an especially warm farewell, whispering in his ear:
"Ali, you must remember that not everyone in chains can
a great triumph!
is sullen and stubborn as we make our way home. He smokes one
cigarette after another, soundly cursing the Filipino driver
on three occasions for not driving to suit his master.
lean my face against the car window, seeing nothing of what we
pass on the Riyadh streets. I brace myself for a second
battle, for I understand that I cannot escape Kareem's great
locked in our bedroom, Kareem grabs the pages of the book. He
begins to read aloud the passages that most insult him: "His
facade was wisdom and kindness; his very bowels were cunning
and selfish. I was disgusted to discover that he was merely a
shell of a man with little to commend him, after all!"
is a strain of sympathy in my thoughts, for what human would
not feel pain and fury at public notification of their weakest
traits. I fight the emotion, forcing myself to recall the
activities of my husband that led to my own pain and grief so
vividly portrayed in the book.
in a dilemma, knowing not whether to laugh or to cry.
solves the problem for me with his exaggerated behavior. My
husband waves his arms and stomps his feet.