What is the summary for Part 3, Chapters 22-24 of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books?

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At a funeral march for a "martyr" of the war, Nafisi overhears a group of girls mocking the dead student. They ridicule his devotion to martyrdom and deride his dedication to the promise that in death he will be united with his "Beloved," meaning God. Though Nafisi does not think she would have liked the dead student, she is still shocked by the callous attitude of the girls. Yet she knows the accounts of girls held in prison, the rape, torture, and execution of virgins.

In a discussion of the life of Henry James, Nafisi focuses on his reaction to the First World War. He had lived through the American Civil War, but had not participated because of his physical condition. Feeling the guilt that had plagued him since then, James found ways to get involved in this conflict, as a representative of England, since America was not at that time involved in the war, and because he had not resided in his native land for forty years. At this time, he also became a British citizen.

James’s focus in his communication to all his friends concerning the war is that all should get in touch with their feelings and emotions, rather than denying and suppressing them.

Nafisi meets again another of her old students, Mahtab. Mahtab had been imprisoned for several years. Now she was married with a child and another on the way. Nafisi resists asking about the conditions surrounding her marriage, whether it was for love or to allay suspicion.

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