Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Abdul ran outside and pushed the two women apart. Taking his mother by the neck, he dragged her back home.

“Don’t you have children?” He said, disgusted. “You’re no better than the One Leg, fighting outside in front of everyone!” Such scenes violated his first principle of Annawadi: don’t call attention to yourself.

“But she used bad language first,” his mother protested.

“This woman talks badly to her own man,” Abdul said. “Would she hesitate to throw bad words at you? But you didn’t have to throw them back at her. She has a crack in her – she’s cracked, you know this.”

Katherine Boo

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