What is the summary for Part 4, Chapters 19-22 of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books?

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Nafisi discovers that, after her decision to leave Iran, she becomes more attached to her class and her students, but more detached from Iran. She realizes that her memories are no longer connected to reality.

She meets with the magician. They discuss the coming election, which they both know is a farce. The magician asks her why she is worrying about this, when she will soon be leaving and they won’t be her problems. Nafisi states that these will always be her people, and she will always be interested on what is going on. She says that she will count on the magician to keep her informed. He then tells her that, once she leaves, they will no longer communicate. He does this, he says, for self-protection.

Nassrin comes to Nafisi to tell her that she is leaving. Not being able to get a passport, she will be smuggled out of the country through Turkey, and then go to London to live with her sister. When Nafisi asks about Ramin, Nassrin tells her that he turned out to be like all the other men. While with her, he continued to admire other women.

When Nafisi tells the group about Nassrin’s departure, their reaction is intense. Some of them lay the blame on Nafisi, who is herself leaving, setting up an example for them. After much discussion, they talk about their times together. Mahshid gives Nafisi a present—copies of her lectures for the last three years of her teaching in Iran. Nafisi talks with Bijan about the class discussion that evening.

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