What gifts are given in Chapter 19 of The Kite Runner?

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Amir accepts the offer of a lemon from Farid at the beginning of the chapter in the hopes it will help to quell the nausea that he feels while riding along the rough roads of the Khyber Pass. He receives black tea along with bread and vegetable shorwa for dinner from Farid's brother, Wahid, with an apology that

"... we can't offer you meat... Only the Taliban can afford meat now."

Amir presents a gift of his wristwatch to one of Wahid's young boys, who couldn't "take his eyes off my watch." But he discovers that it is not the watch that the boy is eyeing--it is Amir's plate of food that the hungry boy most desires. Before he leaves, Amir rewards Wahid's hospitality when he

... planted a fistful of crumpled money under a mattress...

just as he had "twenty-six years earlier" when he planted money under Hassan's own mattress.

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