A Man Called Ove

Parvaneh / “The Foreign Pregnant Woman” Character Analysis

Before learning her name, Ove refers to Parvaneh as “the Foreign Pregnant Woman,” as she's Iranian and pregnant. Parvaneh moves in across the street from Ove with her husband Patrick and her two children, Nasanin and the seven-year-old. She inserts herself into Ove's life by asking to borrow tools and then asking for rides to the hospital when Patrick falls off a ladder. She laughs in a way that reminds Ove of Sonja, and Ove begins to like Parvaneh when he notices that she shares his disdain for IT consultants and her husband's ineptitude. Parvaneh regularly yells at Ove for being rude and forces him to do the right thing, like save the cat and bleed the radiators for her and the neighbors. When Ove teaches her to drive, he pays her a very high compliment when he says that she's not a complete twit. She names herself Ove's next of kin when Ove has a heart attack and ends up in the hospital, and after that, she treats Ove as family.

Parvaneh / “The Foreign Pregnant Woman” Quotes in A Man Called Ove

The A Man Called Ove quotes below are all either spoken by Parvaneh / “The Foreign Pregnant Woman” or refer to Parvaneh / “The Foreign Pregnant Woman”. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Washington Square Press edition of A Man Called Ove published in 2015.
Chapter 13 Quotes

"And you can't let the girls freeze to death tonight, Ove, right? It's quite enough that they had to watch you assault a clown, no?"

Page Number: 127
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Chapter 17 Quotes

As if the kitchen had been built for a child. Parvaneh stares at them the way people always do when they see it for the first time. Ove has got used to it. He rebuilt the kitchen himself after the accident. The council refused to help, of course.

Related Symbols: Houses
Page Number: 163
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Chapter 24 Quotes

When she says that last bit she points at a figure in the middle of the drawing. Everything else on the paper is drawn in black, but the figure in the middle is a veritable explosion of color. A riot of yellow and red and blue and green and orange and purple.
"You're the funniest thing she knows. That's why she always draws you in color," says Parvaneh.

Related Characters: Parvaneh / “The Foreign Pregnant Woman” (speaker), Ove, Nasanin
Related Symbols: Color (Pink)
Page Number: 212
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Chapter 39 Quotes

"They can call me whatever they like. No need for you to stick your bloody nose in."
And then he puts up the drawings one by one on the fridge. The one that says "To Granddad" gets the top spot.

Page Number: 330
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Epilogue Quotes

The woman is pregnant. Her eyes glitter as she walks through the rooms, the way eyes glitter when a person imagines her child's future memories unfolding there on the floor.

Related Symbols: Houses
Page Number: 337
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Parvaneh / “The Foreign Pregnant Woman” Character Timeline in A Man Called Ove

The timeline below shows where the character Parvaneh / “The Foreign Pregnant Woman” appears in A Man Called Ove. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
3. A Man Called Ove Backs Up With a Trailer
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...whom Ove deems the Lanky One, gets out of the car and his wife, the Foreign Pregnant Woman , rages at him in Farsi. The Lanky One remains unfazed by his wife's yelling... (full context)
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The Pregnant Foreign Woman grumbles that the Lanky One shouldn't be allowed to rewind a cassette, and thanks Ove.... (full context)
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...his porch. The older one calls the little one Nasanin, and they walk to the Pregnant Foreign Woman across the street. (full context)
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...his box of useful stuff away and watches TV. He eats the food from the Pregnant Foreign Woman out of the container. He thinks that tomorrow, he's putting up the hook. (full context)
4. A Man Called Ove Does Not Pay a Three-Kroner Surcharge
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...keys, not automated systems. As he drove through the parking area, he didn't return the Pregnant Foreign Woman 's wave. Driving along rows of houses identical to his own, he remembered when there... (full context)
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...Ove is pleased that he thwarted the Mercedes until he sees the Lanky One, the Foreign Pregnant Woman , and their three-year-old get out of the Toyota. The three-year-old excitedly introduces herself to... (full context)
7. A Man Called Ove Drills A Hole For A Hook
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...it, and Ove insults the Lanky One's trailer-backing skills. The Pregnant Woman introduces herself as Parvaneh and the Lanky One as Patrick. Ove doesn't answer. (full context)
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Parvaneh asks Ove if he's always this unfriendly, to which Ove replies that he's not unfriendly.... (full context)
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Patrick asks Ove what he's doing, and Ove scathingly replies that he's drilling. Parvaneh rolls her eyes and Ove thinks he'd find her sympathetic if her pregnancy weren't evidence... (full context)
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...a ladder and an "Eileen key." Ove corrects him that it's an Allen key, and Parvaneh and Patrick begin arguing about whether it's an Allen key or an Eileen key. As... (full context)
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...nobody on the street has jobs to go to anymore. Anita explains that she's retired, Parvaneh says she's on maternity leave, and Patrick again states that he's an IT consultant. Ove... (full context)
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...this when she staged the coup d'état in the Residents' Association. Anita explains quickly to Parvaneh and Patrick that there was a "wrangle" between Ove and Rune when Rune was elected... (full context)
11. A Man Called Ove and a Lanky One Who Can't Open a Window Without Falling Off a Ladder
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...and finally Ove yells, gets out of his car, and opens the door hard into Parvaneh's face. She's shocked at the exhaust billowing out of the garage and asks Ove what... (full context)
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Parvaneh jumps on Ove's discomfort and insists that he drive her and the children to the... (full context)
13. A Man Called Ove and a Clown Called Beppo
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...Ove. The seven-year-old is less delighted as she leads her sister up the hospital steps. Parvaneh looks ready to hit Ove, but decides not to. Ove follows them into the hospital,... (full context)
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...hospital today. Ove grouses that the hospital makes you pay to use the restroom, and Parvaneh offers him some change. Ove insists he doesn't need to use the bathroom and seems... (full context)
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Parvaneh tells her daughters to sit with Ove while she goes to see Patrick. She disappears... (full context)
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Several minutes later, Parvaneh returns and a nurse directs her to Ove and the girls. Ove sits angrily on... (full context)
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When Ove, Parvaneh, Nasanin, and the seven-year-old make it back to Ove's garage, Parvaneh offers to pay Ove's... (full context)
17. A Man Called Ove and a Cat Annoyance in a Snowdrift
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As Ove regards the cat in the snowdrift, Parvaneh rushes towards him, asking in a terrified voice if the cat is dead. Ove tells... (full context)
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Parvaneh strides into Ove's house with the dripping cat and orders Ove to find her blankets.... (full context)
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Ove argues with Parvaneh about the cat's outlook as Jimmy takes off his shirt and cuddles the cat close... (full context)
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Parvaneh goes into the kitchen to heat water. Ove follows after her and finds her standing... (full context)
19. A Man Called Ove and a Cat That Was Broken When He Came
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The narrator says that despite Ove spending most of the previous day yelling at Parvaneh that he wouldn't keep the cat, the cat is in his house today and Ove... (full context)
22. A Man Called Ove and Someone in a Garage
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Fifteen minutes later, Parvaneh and Nasanin knocked on Ove's door. When Parvaneh heard voices from the parking area, she... (full context)
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Parvaneh asks through the door why Lena wants to talk to Ove. Lena says that Ove... (full context)
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...The cat looks disappointed that it had to ride with Nasanin in the back seat. Parvaneh had given Lena a business card and instructed her to call her to talk about... (full context)
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...to sleep and Ove thinks he knows that Nasanin certainly isn't allergic to cats—but that Parvaneh lied so Ove would take the cat. (full context)
24. A Man Called Ove and a Brat Who Draws In Color
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When Ove leaves the hospital, the Saab is filled with people. Parvaneh gives Nasanin crayons, which makes Ove angry. Patrick is wedged into the middle of the... (full context)
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...that all these people might then join him in the afterlife. He slows down and Parvaneh says that she and Nasanin need the restroom. Jimmy suggests they stop at McDonald's, and... (full context)
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Ten minutes later, Parvaneh comes out of McDonald's and gets in the passenger seat. She asks Ove for help... (full context)
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...Ove stops by the bicycle shed and his passengers get out of the Saab. When Parvaneh lifts out Nasanin, Nasanin waves paper and yells. Parvaneh gives Ove the piece of paper... (full context)
26. A Man Called Ove and a Society Where No One Can Repair a Bicycle Anymore
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Twenty minutes later, Ove knocks on Parvaneh's door and asks her if she has the signs to put on the car to... (full context)
27. A Man Called Ove and a Driving Lesson
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Back in the present, Parvaneh tries to get into Ove's car with a bottle of fizzy juice and then tries... (full context)
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...a red light, a big SUV with two young men inside pulls up close behind Parvaneh. They rev their engine. When the light turns green, Parvaneh promptly stalls the car and... (full context)
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Parvaneh takes her hands off the wheel and starts crying. Ove stares at her in amazement... (full context)
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Parvaneh looks at Ove with her mouth open. Ove calmly tells her that he hasn't seen... (full context)
29. A Man Called Ove and a Bender
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Parvaneh, the cat, and Ove reach the cafe after arguing over where to park. Ove recognizes... (full context)
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Parvaneh asks why they're at the cafe and Ove explains that Adrian's bike needs to be... (full context)
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Ove asks the young man if he's wearing makeup. Parvaneh hushes Ove. The boy smiles nervously, confirms that it's makeup, and accepts a wet wipe... (full context)
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...messing with the fan heater. The young man is holding a box of tools, and Parvaneh introduces the wide man as Amel, the owner of the cafe. Amel is cursing in... (full context)
30. A Man Called Ove and a Society Without Him
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Parvaneh is waiting in the car for Ove and asks if she could help Ove put... (full context)
31. A Man Called Ove Backs Up a Trailer. Again.
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Ove had planned to shoot himself when the cat went outside, but Parvaneh had knocked on Ove's door and asked to use the bathroom. On her way in,... (full context)
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Ove walks to Parvaneh's house and asks if Patrick is home. Parvaneh nods and Patrick opens the door. He... (full context)
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Rather than looking thrilled, Ove just looks sad. Parvaneh comes up behind him and tells him that they're going to take Rune away from... (full context)
32. A Man Called Ove Isn't Running a Damned Hotel
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...underwear and writes "bury me in my suit" on his envelope of after-death arrangements for Parvaneh. He decides to turn on the radio so it's not so quiet for the cat... (full context)
34. A Man Called Ove and a Boy in the House Next Door
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...that she has to understand the situation. Earlier that morning, Ove called Social Services from Parvaneh's house and spoke with the man in the white shirt about Rune. The conversation went... (full context)
35. A Man Called Ove and Social Incompetence
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A few mornings later, Parvaneh lets herself into Ove's house and runs for his bathroom. Ove remembers Sonja saying, "hell... (full context)
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Parvaneh comes out of the bathroom and the two head out Ove's door. As she passes... (full context)
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...no. They argue and he asks who's going to take care of him, and Ove, Parvaneh, Patrick, Jimmy, Anders, and Adrian appear behind her and say that they will. The man... (full context)
36. A Man Called Ove and a Whiskey
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Ove has been explaining how to properly own a car to Parvaneh as they drive. It's apparent to Ove that Parvaneh isn't listening, as she's asking silly... (full context)
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...sat with her and they played the game for two and a half hours, until Parvaneh threatened to unplug the computer. As Ove left her room, the seven-year-old pointed to a... (full context)
37. A Man Called Ove and a Lot of Bastards Sticking Their Noses In
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At the graveyard, Parvaneh, Patrick, Nasanin, the seven-year-old, Jimmy, Adrian, and Mirsad come up behind Ove and greet Sonja.... (full context)
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...Amel is standing outside Ove's house. Mirsad mumbles a greeting and Ove has dinner at Parvaneh and Patrick's house while Mirsad and Amel talk in Ove's kitchen. Ove thinks that Sonja... (full context)
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...thing and Mum said it was too expensive. Ove nods, looks around the hall for Parvaneh and Patrick, and leans down. The seven-year-old whispers in Ove's ear that she wants an... (full context)
38. A Man Called Ove and the End of a Story
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Parvaneh interrupts Ove's reverie and offers him cake. Ove refuses and says he's going for a... (full context)
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...ground and the pain squeezes his chest. The burglars run away and finally, Ove hears Parvaneh. Ove manages to make her promise to not let the ambulance drive in the residential... (full context)
39. A Man Called Ove
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The hospital staff refuse to let Parvaneh follow Ove's stretcher into the operating room and it takes Patrick, Jimmy, Mirsad, Anders, Adrian,... (full context)
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After 40 minutes a young doctor finally goes into Ove's room. He mispronounces Parvaneh's name and seems confused that an Iranian woman is listed as next of kin for... (full context)
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Ove returns home four days later, supported by Parvaneh and Patrick. The cat is waiting outside the door. Inside, Parvaneh explains the drawings all... (full context)
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Ove fetches boxes from the attic, and that evening Parvaneh, Nasanin, and the seven-year-old help put Sonja's things away. After 9:00pm, as the girls sleep... (full context)
A Man Called Ove and an Epilogue
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As spring arrives, Parvaneh passes her driving test, Ove teaches Adrian to change tires, and Ove shows photos of... (full context)
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Nearly four years after Parvaneh and Patrick moved in, Parvaneh wakes up at 8:15 one morning and sees that the... (full context)
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The envelope contains Ove's bank information, instruction manuals, insurance documents, and a letter for Parvaneh. The letter says that Adrian gets the Saab and explains who to contact for Ove's... (full context)
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...More than 300 people attend. They all hold candles with "Sonja's Fund" engraved on them. Parvaneh used the rest of Ove's money to start a charity for orphaned children. Patrick elbows... (full context)
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Later that evening, Parvaneh shows Ove's house to a young couple. The woman is pregnant and seems to love... (full context)