... a big house, not as big as
the palace, and we went outside, whenever we pleased.Outside!Of course.I could never do that.Well, most of the time, our
grandmother would come with us.said Malaika.It would be...what was it like?
Did you see a lot of people?Sometimes. People, especially
ladies would come and greet us, and they'd come over, too. Ladies
and gentlemen. Especially ladies. My grandmother loved to talk to
them. And they'd have cake and tea. And we'd visit them, too.Fahriha looked astonished. It was
such a strange land her friend came from. That girls could leave
whenever they pleased. And they could venture outside, and greet
strange people. Fahriha knew she could never do something like that.
And even if her father would allow it, she couldn't. She sometimes
wondered what it would be like, but always decided that it would be
much too scary. She liked it better to take classes from Genie,
anyway. He always made her work right, and her father was always
pleased with what he saw.And you just went without a
veil.she said.Malaika nodded.No veil. We did wear hats, though.
Grandmother said that it was because no respectable woman went
outside without a hat, because it would ruin your skin.Did it ruin?Malaika frowned.I think the women who didn't wear
them, the girls who followed ...