Firdaus - This person is imprisoned and sentenced to death for killing a man, but refuses to sign an appeal to lessen the sentence to life imprisonment.
Nawal El Saadawi - The author writes this novel after an encounter in Qanatir Prison.
Firdaus' Father - A poor, illiterate, peasant farmer, this individual attends mosque with the other men and praises the imam's eloquence.
Firdaus' Mother - This woman is asked how she gave birth without a father.
Mohammadain - A little boy who played bride and bridegroom in the fields as a child.
Firdaus' Uncle - This person sends the main individual to school when her father dies.
Uncle's Wife - This person objects to having sex with her husband because it is sinful.
Wafeya - This individual talks about being in love with her cousin.
Miss Iqbal - This person is a favorite teacher at a...
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