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In an effort to calm him down while riding in the fuel truck from Jalalabad, Baba tells Amir to “[t]hink of something good.” Amir remembers a Friday​ afternoon in Paghman when he and Hassan flew kites together, companionably silent. About this memory, Amir admits:

I didn’t remember what month that was, or what year even. I only knew the memory lived in me, a perfectly encapsulated morsel of a good past, a brushstroke of color on the gray, barren canvas that our lives had become.

The primary purpose of this paragraph from chapter 10 is to


introduce Amir’s difficulty remembering the past accurately.


tell his father how much he misses Hassan.


reveal the sense of dismay Amir and Baba feel about the future.


describe the contrast between Amir’s past memories and present life.


persuade Baba to return to Pagham, where they had good memories.

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