Shabanu

Quotes

Important Quotations Explained

Quotes Important Quotations Explained

"Mama, what are you talking about in there?" I ask. "If it concerns Phulan, shouldn't she be with you?" "Shabanu, really. What we decide for both of you is what you will do. You aren't old enough to know what's good for you."

Mama admonishes Shabanu in the chapter "Justice", when, after Nazir Mohammad has murdered Hamir, the adults are trying to negotiate a new arrangement that will satisfy all parties involved. Mama expresses the view that adults are better equipped than their children to make decisions about their children's lives. Mama's words emphasize that, while they know that Shabanu may not like the decisions they make, her parents truly believe that the decisions they make will benefit and protect Shabanu in the long run.