Chapters 1-5* Kirsha ousts the old poet from his cafe. * Radwan Hussainy gives him money and comfort. * The radio has replaced live recitations. * Sheikh Darwish says that in English this means "history." * Abbas plays a joke on gullible Uncle Kamil, telling him he has purchased a shroud for his burial. * Sheika Darwish wanders into the night, homeless and unafraid. * Mrs. Afify decides to hire a marriage broker, Umm Hamida. * Umm Hamida contracts to find a husband for Mrs. Afify in exchange for free rent for the rest of her life. * Hamida looks out at the alley from her window and observes Salim Alwan watching her. * Uncle Kamil tries to convince Abbas to give him his shroud so he can sell it now. * Husniya beats her husband with her slipper. * While getting a haircut from Abbas, Hussain Kirsha brags of his successful career. * Hussain Kirsha tries to convince Abbas...
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