Rauf had changed. He was not a thief anymore. He now owned a newspaper, Al-Zahra and he was successful, rich, lived a relaxing life. Rauf ilwan has let go of his dark past and became a part of the society from whom he used to steal. “Things must be now change completely. Have you thought about your future?” said Rauf to Said. Said answered, “My past hasn’t yet allowed me to consider the future.”

Dislikes are still running through Said Mahran’s blood, and hatred which turning into flames of hatred was getting bigger when he saw Rauf Ilwan, his own mentor, his idol, his role model, was not as friendly as he used to and did not support any of his plans and was not on his side anymore like he used to. Disappointments went in to Said and broke his trust for Rauf.

You made me and now you reject me: Your ideas create their embodiment in my person and then you simply change them, leaving me lost-rootless, worhtless, without hope-a betrayal so vile that if the whole Muqattam hill toppled over and buried it, I still would not be satisfied.

With hatred as the foundation, Said planned to rob Rauf’s house. Unfortunately, Said’s recklessness led him into traps. Rauf was ready for his coming. Said was caught when he was about to rob Rauf’s house. Rauf chased him away, refused to listen to Said begging for forgiveness, and that was when the student-mentor relationship turned into eternal enemies.


The relationship between Said and the Sheikh is emphasized throughout the chapter with the Sheikh acting somewhat as a father figure to Said, a person who he looks to for guidance. This is noticeable as the Sheikh acknowledges Said as his son, “you are very wretched, my son” . The alternating narrative voices are once again used to allow access to Said’s thoughts as well as to further the plot. The italicized text which acts as an interior monologue shows how Said is conflicted with wanting to confess his crimes to the Sheikh. This can be seen in the sentence, “cut off your tongue before it betrays you and confesses your crime! You wish to tell him everything”.

There, Said met Nur, a woman who had an eye for Said for a long time. But, “What love he’d had been the exclusively property of that other, unfaithful woman. He’d been made of stone. There’s nothing more heartbreaking than loving someone like that.” Said could not love Nur because his heart was still filled with hatred for his ex wife, and he had no time for a new love, another love.

By Nada Ali