Aunt to Nazneen and Hasina and sister to Hamid, Mumtaz is for the most part practical rather than superstitious. On-hand at Nazneen’s birth, she tries to convince Rupban to take her premature baby daughter to a city hospital, but to no avail. Unmarried and childless, she relies on Hamid for room and board. Later in life, she becomes a respected spiritual adviser in the village, relying on the predictions and advice of a jinni (spirit) she received from her dead father, and often speaking in tongues.
Mumtaz Quotes in Brick Lane
The Brick Lane quotes below are all either spoken by Mumtaz or refer to Mumtaz. 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.).
Chapter 1 Quotes
Mumtaz Character Timeline in Brick Lane
The timeline below shows where the character Mumtaz appears in Brick Lane. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.