What is the summary for Part 4, Chapters 10-12 of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books?

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Mrs. Rezvan is leaving Iran for Canada to pursue her Ph.D. Nafisi feels it is both a sorrow and a relief (because of her concern for Nafisi and her own ambition) that she is leaving.

Nafisi and her family go for a vacation on Cyprus, staying with a friend of Mrs. Rezvan. Mrs. Rezvan herself comes to Cyprus soon after Nafisi leaves, and requests to be taken to the places she had been.

After Nafisi moves to America, she calls Mrs. Rezvan, hearing that she had cancer. Not long after this conversation, Mrs. Rezvan dies.

Nassrin meets with Nafisi to tell her that she has a boyfriend. She desperately wants Nafisi to like him. She is also shy about finally liking a man, and despairs of her own ignorance and innocence. Nafisi tells Nassrin about her own experiences with her first husband.

Nassrin asks if Nafisi and Bijan will go to a concert with her and Ramin, her boyfriend. Though Bijan is reluctant, they agree. At the concert, they experience more regulations from the Islamic Republic guards. The musicians cannot sing, only play. The audience cannot clap, hum along, or move to the music. If they do, they are immediately stopped by the guards. Bijan feels sorry for the musicians and the restraints placed upon them. Nassrin is in despair at the experience. She states that Nabokov would have had nothing to do with this.

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