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She did not want to carry any relics from her old life; given another chance she could be a more exciting person, take evening classes perhaps, become a librarian. She had heard that many Indian wives in the States became librarians.

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The quote above is an important one about the protagonist, Dimple. She has been sent to a country she knows nothing about to be with a man she does not want. It highlights how Dimple has no choices in her life or in marriage. Dimple has a long history of lofty dreams that are unattainable. Just like she fantasized a loving marriage, she also has unrealistic dreams of what American life will be. She quickly learns that life as an immigrant is not so simple.

Discreet and virgin, she waited for real life to begin.

Dimple’s sole goal in life is to marry the man of her dreams. In this fantasy she believes she will be set free and have completely immersed herself. This quote shows that Dimple believes she is currently not free and has not lived. She does not believe she will live a real life while with her parents, but she quickly learns that married life is not what she thought it would be.

. . . how hard it was for her to keep quiet and smile though she was falling apart like a very old toy that had been played with, sometimes quite roughly, by children who claimed to love her.

After Dimple’s marriage to Amit, she experiences her dreams falling through her hands. She is bounced around between cultures at the hands of men who often only have their best interest in mind. Dimple, at heart, has a very forward personality. She knows what she wants and does what it takes to get there. She has two dreams in life: the first is to be married to the man of her dreams. When this falls apart, she latches onto the dream of an American life. The American life she dreamed of is not what it is in person. These two major disappointments are what lead her to the above quote. Dimple is beginning to lose a hold on her real self.

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