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a man does not know a woman’s value, but the higher you price yourself,  the more the man will realize your worth, to which he will be prepared to pay with the means at his disposal. One could argue that Sharifa is telling this to her only to promote her own business, however as a fellow woman and prostitute, she lets Firdaus know this trick in order to add on to her skill and technique for the future whether it be pursued by her side or on her own in the real world.A text example from here that further enhances the significance of this conversation is when it states, “Of course. Nobody can touch me without paying a very high price. You are younger than I am and more cultured, and nobody should be able to come near you without paying twice as much as what is paid to me.” (59). Based on his text example, one can see that Sharifa is trying to reveal to Firdaus just how much potentiality she has in terms of inflicting control over whomever she pleases, just by being skilled and independently determined in herself and her work. By Sharifa explaining how she views her own worth in comparison to Firdaus, since they both share the same line of work, she helps Firdaus discover who she is. Another text example that goes on the topic of self evaluation of purpose that helps to lead to redemption, is when it states, “It’s not that I value my honor and my reputation more than the other girls, but my price is much higher than theirs.” (82). Just by reading this quote, one can see that Firdaus has taken Sharifa’s words into consideration, to where now she values herself higher than any other prostitute in her game. By having her mentality be alternated for the better, Firdaus is able to tackle whatever may come her way, whether it be self or outward given doubt by males or females, ultimately making money gainage her top priority and well as her biggest gain thanks to her new found confidence in her femininity. The last quote thats helps to bring meaning to the idea of money being her stilts in obtaining success and status amongst those who wish to use her for their own personal interests, is when it states, “And so, as the years went by, I begin to look in the other direction every time I saw someone count his money, or even take a few coins out of his or her pocket. It was as though money was a shameful thing, made to be hidden, an object the sin which was forbidden to me and yet permissible for others,  as though it had been made legitimate only for them.” (73). From reading this quote, one can see how Firdaus is very observant in terms of trying to see what others do with things that hold great value, such as money, and how they compare or differ to her and how she utilizes it. By her saying that she now looks away from those who count their money or only take a few amounts of it from their pockets,  she is trying to show the reader how he she is offended by those who wish to treat money as something that is forbidden to be shown or made public. This is for the reason being half the people she has came across that wished to pay for her services, have had no problems in giving all the money they had to her. However, if she should try to show off her gains, it is frowned upon, although she genuinely earned it. This quote elaborates on the idea of how money holds no appropriate societal value unless it is gained through respective occupations, which Firdaus obviously does not fit under since she is a prostitute, despite the fact she works hard to obtain her currency. By observing what other people do with the same money that she just gained in different ways, she is able to see as she holds just as much appraisal, if not more as anyone else who has money in her Egyptian society, regardless of the fact that she decided to retrieve it in a more risky or apprehensive way. Another motif that the reader will see holds value to the speaker Firdaus, in terms of her personal journey towards feminine growth, it is the worth of books and book reading. At a very young age, Firdaus was introduced to books by her uncle. Not only did he introduce them to her, he would make attempts to teach her how to read them. With this being said, by having these one-on-one moments with her uncle, a sense of  compassion on his part grew. By reading books and figuring out things she had never known before, she was slowly starting to learn about lives other than her own. When the separation came between her uncle to pursue schooling, she would reside in books to bring back to life the pure simple  moments she shared with him.