In The Kite Runner, who is Soraya in Chapter 11?  

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From his first glimpse of Soraya, Amir is immediately smitten with love for her. It is after his first year of college that Amir and Baba go to the Afghan section of the San Jose flea market. This is a place where Afghan immigrants are able to meet and catch up with gossip and news. Baba introduces Amir to General Taheri who used to work in the Ministry of Defence before the rise of the Taliban. As they chat, Soraya, the General's daughter, brings her father his tea. Amir describes the meeting in the following fashion:

A young woman's voice. She was standing behind us, a slim-hipped beauty with velvety coal black hair, an open thermos and Styrofoam cup in her hand. I blinked, my heart quickening. She had thick black eyebrows that touched in the middle like the arched wings of a flying bird, and the gracefully hooked nose of a princess from old Persia... Her eyes, walnut brown and shaded by fanned lashes, met mine. Held for a moment. Flew away.

Note the imagery that is used to describe Amir's instant attraction of her. Her eyebrows are described with a simile, comparing them to a "flying bird" and she is reminiscent of a princess. The ellision of the final two sentences seems to capture the way that Amir is so tongue tied in her presence that he is not able to complete them. It is of course Soraya that Amir will marry later on in the novel, and it is with Soraya that Amir will adopt the son of Hassan after his rescue of him in Aghanistan.

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Soraya is the daughter of the general in chapter 11. Amir becomes quite smitten with her/

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