Who really learns a lesson in "Good Advice is Rarer than Rubies"?

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In Good Advice Is Rarer Than Rubies, the tables are turned when Muhammad Ali realizes that he has a lot more to learn about the perspectives of a young 'Tuesday' woman than he previously imagined.

In the story, Muhammad is a confidence man who tricks gullible and trusting young women out of their money, in exchange for supposed good advice about getting visas to England. As part of his ploy to gain the trust of these young women, Muhammad refers to his 'grey hairs' as a symbol of his wisdom. Indeed, throughout Muhammad's interactions with Miss Rehana, he constantly portrays himself as a savior, ready and willing to rescue any young woman from unscrupulous embassy officials and their stalling tactics.

Yet, it is Miss Rehana who teaches Muhammad Ali a thing or two about 'Tuesday' women: not all of them are enthused with the idea of arranged marriages, even for the purposes of self-preservation or for the prospect of a better future. Miss Rehana's joy at being turned down for a visa perplexes Muhammad Ali until he realizes that there are some young women in his society who would rather choose for themselves rather than let societal expectations dictate their life's direction.

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