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1. How is it insinuated in "Auspicious Occasion" that Mehroo's parents might have made a better choice for her than marrying her off to Rustomji?

It is insinuated that Mehroo's parents might have made a better choice for her than marrying her off to Rustomji because of the large difference in their ages. Though Rustomji may have looked good at the age of thirty-six when he married sixteen-year-old Mehroo, that twenty-year difference was not anticipated by those involved in the marriage. Now, with Mehroo in her prime at the age of thirty, her husband is fifty, wears dentures and presumably looks and acts old.

2. Why is Behram roje such an important date for Mehroo?

Behram roje is such an important date for Mehroo for it conjures up different occasions in her life. She was born on that day, and when she was seven years old, her navjote ceremony had been performed, confirming her as a Zoroastrian by the family priest. Behram roje is also the day she married Rustomji fourteen years earlier, with a large, happy wedding party.

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