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Women: Public Space

“Walls stood surrounding them on all sides, shutting the women in from the prying eyes of men, guarding their beauty and virtue with the millions of their bricks. The world lived and died, things happened, events took place, but all this did not disturb the equanimity of the zenana, which had its world too where the pale and fragile beauties of the hothouse lived secluded from all outside harm, the storms that blow in the world of men.” (29) “He was reminded how so very often Bundoo’s mother had entertained him. Whenever he had gone inside she had talked to him from behind the purdah. She had even said once that she scarcely felt if necessary to observe purdah with him.” (25)

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