What is the summary for Part 3, Chapters 25-27 of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books?

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Nafisi recalls another student, Razieh, who had been executed. Nafisi had been teaching a couple of classes at an all-female college. When the time came for exams, Nafisi was angered that all the girls, rather than answering the questions with their own thoughts and opinions, had slavishly copied Nafisi’s lectures. Nafisi shows her anger in class, and the girls are humbled. Afterwards, Razieh explains that, all their lives, these girls had been taught to memorize and repeat responses. It was against the value system they had been taught to think their own thoughts.

In honor of Razieh, Nafisi discusses Razieh’s favorite novel, Washington Square. The protagonist, Catherine Sloper, is an unlikely heroine, and is grossly misunderstood and unappreciated by her father. He mocks her belief that Morris Townsend loves her (and in fact he does not), stating that no one will ever fall in love with Catherine. Catherine’s heart is broken by her father and the man she loves. In the end, however, she gains, not happiness, but self-respect, leading her to reject Townsend twenty years hence when he approaches her once again.

Nafisi goes to visit the magician, but finds his apartment empty. She tries to wait patiently, but eventually panic gets the better of her, and she calls his best friend. Finally, the magician arrives, apologizing. He had gone to help a friend, "the Kid," bury his grandmother, since they were denied regular burial because they were of the Baha’i faith.

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