Lakshmi is the rebellious daughter of Ayah. After Ayah works to find a good marriage for her daughter, Lakshmi decides she would rather be independent, so she escapes the marriage and goes to look for work as a servant. Ayah, feeling she worked hard for Lakshmi to have a better life, beats her daughter, much to Uma's disapproval.
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...and insists on brushing Uma’s hair. Ayah is complaining to Uma about her rebellious daughter Lakshmi, whom Ayah beat after the girl ran away from her arranged marriage. Ayah says that... (full context)