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What are the most significant quotes in chapter 23 of The Kite Runner, and what are their significance?

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In chapter 23, Amir is lying in his hospital bed, healing from the wounds he suffered during his life-threatening fight with Assef, when he picks up Rahim Khan's letter and begins to read it. In Rahim Khan's letter, he writes,

A man who has no conscience, no goodness, does not suffer. I hope your suffering comes to an end with this journey to Afghanistan. (329)

Rahim Khan's words directly apply to Amir and illustrate that he has a conscience. Rahim Khan is aware that Amir is a good person who has experienced extreme guilt since the day he refused to help Hassan. By acknowledging Amir's tortured soul, Rahim recognizes Amir's capacity for goodness and understands his need to atone for his past sins. Rahim Khan's plan to unite Amir with Sohrab is his attempt to provide Amir with an opportunity to end his suffering while simultaneously saving Sohrab from a life of poverty and abuse. Rahim Khan goes on to write,

Your father, like you, was a tortured soul, Amir jan. (329)

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