What's a quote from A Thousand Splendid Suns that states that Mariam and Laila are friends?Can you give me at least a few quotes that prove that Mariam and Laila are friends. One is ok, but more...

What's a quote from A Thousand Splendid Suns that states that Mariam and Laila are friends?

Can you give me at least a few quotes that prove that Mariam and Laila are friends. One is ok, but more would be fantastic. Thanks.

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At first, Mariam is outraged at the presence of another woman in her home. But she has little say in the matter, since the cruel Rasheed has the final (and only) say in matters of the household. Laila, however, attempts to become friends with Mariam, and the lonely Mariam finally realizes that Laila is no threat to her. She has already come to despise Rasheed, though she doesn't care for her new role as the second, older wife. She eventually comes to pity Laila, and when Laila stops Rasheed from beating Mariam with his belt, a bond develops between the two women. When Laila awakes one morning to find some baby clothes at her door--a gift from Mariam--she knows that the ice between them has finally broken. They eventually become best friends, working together to keep Rasheed as happy as possible in order to make their own lives more tolerable. When Laila invites Mariam to escape with her and Aziza, her son, Mariam knows she has a true friend under the same roof.

There true love for one another is illustrated best after Mariam has killed Rasheed. She decides that the only way for Laila to be free is to accept responsibility for Rasheed's death herself. Laila wants Mariam to try and escape with her, but Mariam realizes they will not escape from the Taliban authorities together.

     "We'll take care of each other," Laila said, choking on her words, her eyes wet with tears... "I'll take care of you for a change."
     ... Laila crawled to her and again put her head on Mariam's lap...
     ... All she could do was roll herself up and bury her face one last time in the welcoming warmth of Mariam's lap.

Just before her execution, Mariam thought again about Laila.

... she was leaving the world as a woman who had loved and been loved back. She was leaving it as a friend, a companion, a guardian.

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