At the beginning of the novel Ali and Hassan leave Baba's house because their friendship is more important to them then having Baba forgive them. When Baba ask Hassan if he stole Amir's presents he says yes and covers for Amir. Amir says"thin, raspy voice."yes"... this was Hassan's final sacrifice for me… if he said no Baba would have believed him… Baba would never, ever forgive me."(ch9 pg105) Instead of telling the truth and protecting his honor Hassan lies just so that Amir, his best friend, can have an ok relationship with Baba. Likewise, Ali makes Hassan and himself leave so that he won't tell Baba the truth about what happened. Hosseini writes ""But I forgive him, Ali didn't you hear?" Said Baba."life is impossible for us now, Agha Sahib. We're leaving"… Ali glanced my way in a cold, unforgiving look…"(ch9 pg106) Just like Hassan, Ali gives up his honor just so that Baba won't be mad at Amir. Ali does this even though Baba forgives Hassan. Ali and Hassan both show that friendship is more important than honor in the beginning of the novel.