* Azreen delves on the bomoh's words that Madhuri was not her real sister. She encounters a shadow of a woman from behind the wooden fence again that directs her to a woodpile a few feet away behind her house. * Azreen and her father walk towards the woodpile and see a "parang" that Saleh used to chop wood. There is white and sticky stain at the edge of the parang. Azreen immediately recalls Normala's words "She had white blood" and she stares at her father in disbelief. Saleh recalls how fond was he with Madhuri and how he found her as a baby at the paddy field. * In his fury, he kills Madhuri and her body knocks over the latex-filled container. Upon hearing this revelation, Azreen runs away from her father. * Saleh suffers a heart attack and dies. Meanwhile in the village, a rumour spreads like a wildfire that a woman who looks suspiciously like his dead daughter had been wandering about at the time of his death.
Synopsis for Chapter 12
* Azreen visits her family’s graves. She leaves a flower on each grave and leaves quietly. She leaves a flower where the Old Lady was buried, too. As Azreen leaves, she sees a smiling figure which resembles Madhuri’s smiles.
The message of love is reiterated throughout the story.
• Both Saleh Abdullah and his wife love Madhuri dearly like their own biological child. • Azreen’s inner conflict to garner her father’s love and affection. She always perceives the father as having greater love towards her sister, Madhuri. Forbidden Love:
• Mohd. Asraf and Madhuri secretly loves each other that eventually led to Madhuri’s death. Unrequited Love:
• Azreen had a crush on Mohd. Asraf during school days.
* Before the Old Lady draws her last breath, she advises Azreen to forgive others. When Azreen discovers that it was her father who murdered Madhuri, she felt no anger or resentment towards him.
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN...