What is the summary for Part 1, Chapters 17-19 of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books?

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A reference to Nabokov’s stories describing the characters’ search for a link to another world leads to a discussion of the similarity to their lives. Nafisi states that their discussions of books are links from their troubled reality to their own personal world.

Yet Nafisi takes pride in the "aura of magical affinity" of her home, that makes peace possible, even between the conflicting personalities of some of the girls. It is a type of revenge against those who regulated their lives, both government and family.

Nafisi’s mother regularly made Turkish coffee, for Nafisi’s students as well as for a wide variety of people in the community. As Yassi and Nafisi were waiting for their coffee, men from the Revolutionary Committee come to the door, trying to arrest Nafisi’s neighbor. They are unable to enter his apartment, so they want to go through Nafisi’s yard to get into the neighbor’s house. Nafisi politely refused, but the men returned later, stating that the criminal was now in their back yard. The men enter the house and begin a shootout with the criminal. He is finally captured, yet is soon released.

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