Another factory friend of Hasina’s, she is stubbornly independent. She has refused every single boy her parents have tried to marry her off to, and she objects to the dowry system, wondering why women should always be considered burdens on their families. She makes her own money; therefore, she says, she is the dowry. At first, Hasina thinks Shahnaz is a good friend. She is always advising Hasina about cosmetics and clothing. As time passes, though, Hasina sees that Shahnaz is two-faced and is jealously spreading salacious rumors about her behind her back.
Shahnaz Quotes in Brick Lane
The Brick Lane quotes below are all either spoken by Shahnaz or refer to Shahnaz. 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.).
Shahnaz Character Timeline in Brick Lane
The timeline below shows where the character Shahnaz appears in Brick Lane. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...of Hasina’s friends at the factory, says if trees can have spirits, why can’t machines? Shahnaz, another factory friend, thinks Aleya is a country bumpkin for saying such things, but she... (full context)
...kind man, though unattractive. Hasina is only dry when she’s at the garment factory, where Shahnaz is worried that Abdul is paying Hasina too much attention. At one time, Abdul courted... (full context)