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

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The girls discuss Sanaz’s anticipated return from meeting her boyfriend in Turkey. She likes him, and they are engaged.

Yassi’s youngest uncle is in town, the one that is her favorite. He is encouraging and gives her many ideas about her future.

All the girls, with the exception of Mahshid, want to leave Iran. Mitra wants to go to Canada, but her mother is against it.

Azin tells the group about problems in her marriage. Her husband is physically and verbally abusive. He taunts her for having been married twice before, that she is a "secondhand" wife. Nafisi becomes involved and contacts a lawyer. However, for a woman to procure a divorce is not easy in Iran. Nafisi convinces a lawyer friend to accept the case.

Nafisi admits that, even after Khomeini’s death, the country is in turmoil, and there is much unrest. The new Supreme Leader is known to be a fake by all.

The campaign to "purify" culture of its Western decadence continued. While the new president was more moderate, encouraging the people to be a little more lax in the dress code, the police themselves were hard-liners, quick to arrest people and curse the new president. Some in the government, however, began to take sides with the intellectuals and artists, allowing some books to be published that would previously have been considered un-Islamic, including Nafisi’s new book on Nabokov.

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