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Through out the last chapter in the novel, Aisha talks about her life and herself as if she was talking about another person. It seems as if she is talking about someone else, but she is actually talking about herself in her "other voice". The meaning of this represents that she is talking about herself as another person to give us the idea that she was at the time someone who is very different from the Aisha that now talks about her past.
The old Aisha she talks about in "Nativity" is a marriedwoman who lives an unhappy marriage, "I had watched them carefully over the years. Sometimes they argued. But less and less as time went by. Aisha learnt to be careful. To avoid certain subjects. To avoid enthusiasms, excesses, tears. To avoid – me. It was not that she was afraid of him. I believe she was afraid for him; afraid of me. And she wanted to go on loving him." (Soueif, 139), " There is a knot but it will not be broken. How can it be broken? Does not love him as a woman should love her man. When even as he enters her, she is closed to him. When even as he probes her, she retreats him." (Soueif, 140). She is a woman who has a nurse who takes care of her, controls her, and keeps her company twenty- four hours a day, "Aisha listened to her nurse as she had been listening to her for twenty- seven years." (Soueif, 141). Someone that the new Aisha feels pity and sad for, "My poor and precious darling." (Soueif, 140!
) that sees her as an innocent and naive individual, "… he's not like the men you know. He's not like the those foreigners or the boys at school or the Gezira Club. You don't know anything about his type. I come from a family of butchers and I know how their minds work. He must have thought it strange that you were there in thefirst place. Then you let him ride in your car and talk of going to the Nativity with him. Of course he&apos…


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