Even though Mariam doesn't like Laila at first in A Thousand Splendid Suns, why does Laila defend Mariam from a beating from Rasheed?

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Laila and Mariam are both married to Rasheed in A Thousand Splendid Suns. Mariam is basically given to Rasheed by her father when she is a teenager; Mariam is an illegitimate child that her father Jalil wanted to have settled so he could be through with his obligation to her. Mariam's marriage to Rasheed is unhappy and based purely on duty. For a time, Mariam thinks she can be somewhat happy if she's able to have a child, but when she loses pregnancy after pregnancy, she gives up hope. Mariam grew up poor and without a formal education. She is expected to simply serve her husband and even though she does not want to, she feels she has no choice.

Laila, on the other hand, is well-educated and used...

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