What is the summary for Part 2, Chapters 7-9 of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books?

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Nafisi develops relationships with her colleagues. She meets with them for luncheons, where they laugh and joke about some of the other professors.

Nafisi becomes immune to the violence. One night she sees one of the officials involved in her father’s imprisonment on TV, showing his confession scene before he was executed.

In later years, while they were living in the US, Nafisi and her husband Bijan see some of their acquaintances who were executed. Nafisi is overwhelmed by the sight and angry at Bijan because he seems so composed.

Nafisi’s student, Mr. Bahri, begins to open up more in class. Nafisi decides that he is not as arrogant as she once thought he was. In any case, she enjoys their discussion, though they never agree.

Mr. Bahri disagrees and disapproves of many Western writers. Mark Twain is one of the few he loves, and he thinks that Iran should have a national writer like him. Nafisi, however, believes all writers are national writers. She rejects the notion of politicizing the artists.

Nafisi remembers when the Iranian students occupied the American embassy and took hostages. She recalls that it did not strike her as ominous until the next day. The embassy becomes covered with anti-American slogans. At the university, Nafisi notices that her left-leaning students are missing, supposedly at the embassy taking part in the demonstrations.

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