What is the summary for Part 2, Chapters 25 and 26 of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books?

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The students keep vigils, trying to keep the university open. However, the guards come and take them away. During one vigil that Nafisi is observing, she sees Mr. Bahri. She asks him what he thinks, but he returns the question to her: "What do you think?" She answers that what she thinks has become irrelevant. Yet it will be seventeen more years before she quits Iran.

The university is closed. Many of the students are taken away and killed. The faculty and staff are purged.

In the spring of 1981, Nafisi is essentially out of a job. Though the university has closed, professors are still required to show up, to attend meetings, design projects for the Cultural Revolution, and so on. Nafisi and two other professors are the only women who attend the university meetings unveiled. They maintain their insistence that wearing the veil should be optional. Nafisi is told that she should be practicing, that soon the veil will be required everywhere, even in the grocery store.

Many of Nafisi’s colleagues have been expelled or forced to resign. In the meantime, the conditions in the country become even more violent, especially against the government, with the government taking revenge.

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