What is a summary of Chapter 3 of The Kite Runner?

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Author Khaled Hosseini uses Chapter Three of The Kite Runner in an expository manner, much as he had done with the introduction of Hassan and Ali in Chapter Two. Chapter Three centers on the past exploits of Baba: his battle with a bear; his apt nickname, "Mr. Hurricane"; his philanthropic yet "self-centered" nature; his unlikely marriage into a royal family; and the precariously fragile relationship with son Amir. Baba is a behemoth of a man: Six-foot-five and incredibly hairy, he sports a

... glare that would "drop the devil to his knees begging for mercy..."  (Chapter Three)

It's no wonder that Amir admits his fear of Baba and how often he appears to disappoint his father. Baba teaches Amir that theft--be it lying, cheating or stealing--is the worst thing a person can do. Amir believes that Baba will never forgive him for stealing away his wife, who died giving birth to Amir. Amir is ashamed of crying at the bloody Buzkashi tournament, resulting in the unforgettable "disgusted look on" Baba's face afterward. The chapter ends with Amir overhearing Rahim Khan taking up for him to his father in the upstairs study. Baba has seen how other boys pick on Amir, who fails to defend himself. When Baba declares that "there is something missing in that boy," Rahim retorts

     "Yes, a mean streak."  (Chapter Three)

Rahim believes that Amir, unlike Baba, is incapable of meanness, but Amir foretells that Rahim

... had been wrong about the mean streak thing.  (Chapter Three)

As for Baba, Amir overhears him claim that

"If I hadn't seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I'd never believe he's my son."  (Chapter Three)