What is the summary for Part 4, Chapters 1-3 of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books?

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The Thursday morning group is meeting in Nafisi’s home, waiting for Sanaz. There is speculation that she is at last going to marry her sweetheart. When she finally arrives, this proves to be true. Because of the government draft, they will have to be married in Turkey.

Sanaz worries that he will not like her. This leads to discussion of a comparison of present-day Iran with the world of Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice. In both, women must submit to arranged marriages, with the rare occasion of marrying for love. This is always the question that Nafisi poses to recently married couples: "Did you fall in love?" This question has become a standing joke with the girls, to the point where they groan to hear the question asked.

Previously, Nafisi and a group of students were studying Jane Austen. Nafisi stated that the structure of eighteenth-century literature was similar to a dance. She instructs her students to get up and dance. Out of this, the group forms their Dear Jane Society, for the study of Jane Austen.

In Pride and Prejudice, the characters are introduced at a dance, and throughout the story, the movement goes back and forth between the characters. Nafisi compares the entire novel to the movements of a typical dance of the day. The most pleasing characters are a part of the dance. The most obnoxious people are on the sidelines, incapable of dialogue or dance.

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