Beneath a Marble Sky: A Novel of the Taj Mahal Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

John Shors
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Part 1, Narration

• A grandmother tells her granddaughters, Rurayya and Gulbudan, the story of her life.

• The grandmother's name is Jahanara, and she is the daughter of Shah Jahan and Arjumand and once was a princess in the imperial court.

• Her granddaughters do not believe her story or that they are the grandnieces of the hated Emperor Alamgir.

• Jahanara begins with a love story when the young prince Khurram, her father, first met his love Arjumand, Jahanara's mother.

Part I, Chapters 1-3

• In Chapter 1, Jahanara, her brothers, and sisters play in the luxurious harem at the Red Fort in Agra.

• Jahanara has a cricket in a jeweled cage that she plays with as she talks with her older brother Dara.

• When her younger brother Aurangzeb interrupts them and taunts Jahanara, their mother Arjumand notices their quarrel.

• She intervenes and takes the children to see their father, Mughal Emperor Shah...

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