Nazneen and Hasina’s father and Rupban’s terminally unfaithful husband, Hamid is an overseer in the paddy field, and the second richest man in Gouripur. Furious when Hasina decides to elope with Malek, he keeps watch outside the village for sixteen days, hoping his daughter will return so he can chop her head off. She never does return, and Hamid, who would have preferred sons, arranges a marriage for Nazneen to Chanu despite the fact that Chanu, a failed academic, is roughly twenty years Nazneen’s senior.
Hamid Quotes in Brick Lane
The Brick Lane quotes below are all either spoken by Hamid or refer to Hamid. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of Brick Lane published in 2003.).
Hamid Character Timeline in Brick Lane
The timeline below shows where the character Hamid appears in Brick Lane. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...left to fate, and childbirth is nothing like indigestion. Nazneen now thinks she understands why Hamid would leave for days on end. He needed to be spared Rupban’s misguided saintliness. (full context)
...sister does. She wonders why, in Nazneen’s dreams, Rupban is angry. Hasina then writes that Hamid was often unfaithful to Rupban. He even wanted to take another wife, but Rupban threatened... (full context)
...accepts Rupban’s wisdom and life philosophy, which insists on trusting completely in God’s will. Rupban, Hamid tells his daughter, is a saint. She comes from a family of them. When Mumtaz... (full context)
Nazneen likewise takes a great deal of satisfaction in her apartment’s fine furnishings. Even though Hamid was the second wealthiest man in their village back home in Pakistan, he never had... (full context)