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This passage:

I became what I am today at the age of twelve...I remember the precise moment...Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years… (Hosseini, 1)



the narrator had been lost twenty-six years ago, and his life changed after he found his way out of the alley.


a signal to the reader to become aware of the importance of deserted alleys as a hopeful point in the narrator’s life.


the exclamation of a man in despair who is crying out from a deserted alley for assistance, even twenty-six years later.


the despondency the narrator experienced as child was shown to him at age twenty-six.


the climax of a plot in the book occurred twenty-six years ago, and the reader should anticipate reading about the points that brought the narrator to the deserted alley.

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