At the beginning of part three Mariam and Laila's relationship was cold and nonverbal. Rasheed had compared Laila to Mariam and told Mariam that she is nothing but a servant to Laila, this angered Mariam very much. Mariam thinks, "it ought to have felt exhilarating, but the girls eyes had teared up and her face was drooping, and what satisfaction Mairam found from this outburst felt meager, somehow illicit" (Hosseini 226). This quote proves that Mariam and Laila have a bad relationship because, Mariam found satisfaction in hurting Laila even though Laila did not expect Mariam to do things for her. They avoided each other when they could and did not talk when they came in contact. In conclusion, Laila and Mariam's realtionsip had a very rough beginning.
One day when Mariam was in the kitchen doing her work. she couldn't find her spoon and started yelling at Laila when she came into the kitchen. First they start yelling over the spoon but quickly it turns into more than that. Hosseini writes, "'you're a sad, miserable women,' Laila said. Mariam flinched, then recovered, pursed her lips. 'And you're a whore. A whore and a dozd. A thieving whore, that's what you are!'" (233). This quote shows, that they are not close and their relationship is frozen. Mariam is mad at Laila for agreeing to marry Rasheed, she feels as if Laila is taking him from her. Laila on the other hand doesn't understand why Mariam is acting this way and is angry at Mariam for it. To summarize, Mariam and Laila do not understand each other and are angry at the way each other are acting.