Exit West

by

Mohsin Hamid

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The Woman in the Leather Jacket Character Analysis

A Nigerian woman who looks like a “gunslinger.” Saeed and Nadia meet this woman in the mansion of refugees in London, and Saeed finds himself thoroughly intimidated by her. She even stops him one day and refuses to let him pass, taunting him until he’s notably flustered and frightened, at which point she allows him to continue on his way. And although the woman in the leather jacket never actually does Saeed or Nadia any harm, her general demeanor represents the fact that not all refugees are similar, or get along, simply because they’re forced into the same situation.
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The Woman in the Leather Jacket Character Timeline in Exit West

The timeline below shows where the character The Woman in the Leather Jacket appears in Exit West. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8
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...her involvement with the elders. The only person who doesn’t spare her is a young Nigerian woman “with a leather jacket and a chipped tooth” who stands like a “gunslinger” and verbally... (full context)
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...Nadia is in the courtyard with the council, Saeed is stopped in the hallway by the woman in the leather jacket , her foot planted on the wall, barring him from passing. “Excuse me,” he says,... (full context)