What is the summary for Part 3, Chapters 4-6 of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books?

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Nafisi goes to visit with Mr. Bahri at the university. Unlike her friend Laleh, she is not stopped at the gate for not wearing the veil. She suspects that Mr. Bahri had something to do with that.

Her discussion with Mr. Bahri centers on the issue of how "silly" it is to let a "piece of cloth" (in Mr. Bahri’s words) cause division. There are more important battles to be fought in the fight against "Satanic influences of Western imperialists." Personal preferences should take a back seat. Nafisi realizes from this conversation that she is indeed "irrelevant."

Nafisi stops by her favorite English bookstore to make purchases before it is shut down. She decides that she will not go to the university any more until she is expelled.

The government mandates not only the wearing of the veil, but also long robes and a scarf (or chador). Nafisi plays a "game" of pretending to be invisible when she wears the robe.

She retreats into her home and reads. During this time, her two children are born: a girl (Negar) and a son (Dara). She muses how they were shaped by what she was reading during her pregnancy.

Nafisi joins a group to discuss Persian classical literature. She also begins writing literary articles and translating English classics into Persian. She begins to gain some recognition, though she does not like her articles as being dry, as compared to what she feels her teaching to be.

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