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François Dumas Character Analysis

Firoozeh’s classmate at Berkeley, fiancé, and later husband, François Dumas comes from a wealthy, worldly Catholic family that is nonetheless appalled when he marries an Iranian woman. François, like Firoozeh, is an adventurous, open-minded person, and over the course of the book he tries many new foods and travels to many new places alongside Firoozeh. In part because he was raised in a wealthier household than Firoozeh, he exoticizes and fetishizes the rugged, “authentic” outdoors, where Firoozeh almost always prefers air conditioning and bug spray.

François Dumas Quotes in Funny in Farsi

The Funny in Farsi quotes below are all either spoken by François Dumas or refer to François Dumas. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Randmom House edition of Funny in Farsi published in 2004.
Chapter 22 Quotes

Once my mother realized that I wanted to marry François, she said, "He will be like a third son to me," and wiped the tears off her face. At that very moment, my mother threw aside everything she and her generation knew about marriage and entered a new world where daughters select their own husbands. She became a pioneer.

Related Characters: Firoozeh Dumas (speaker), Nazireh (speaker), François Dumas
Page Number: 144
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Chapter 25 Quotes

The girl we had selected was undoubtedly the underdog. She was quite overweight, she was the least physically attractive, and she had the smallest cheering section. She was, however, the most articulate.

Related Characters: Firoozeh Dumas (speaker), François Dumas
Page Number: 178
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Chapter 26 Quotes

My husband has since taken the situation into his own hands, hiding all our screwdrivers and hammers before my parents visit.

Related Characters: Firoozeh Dumas (speaker), Kazem , Nazireh , François Dumas
Page Number: 184
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François Dumas Character Timeline in Funny in Farsi

The timeline below shows where the character François Dumas appears in Funny in Farsi. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: Bernice
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Later on, when Firoozeh is studying at Berkeley, she meets her husband, a Frenchman named François Dumas. Being French in America, Firoozeh realizes, is very different from being Iranian-American. Americans immediately... (full context)
Chapter 10: Of Mosquitoes and Men
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Firoozeh’s husband, François, loves traveling. His grandfather was Greek, and died in Baghdad, and his grandmother was Belgian.... (full context)
Chapter 17: Me and Bob Hope
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Later on, Firoozeh marries François, a Catholic, and becomes “a card-carrying member of the Christmas Club.” She loves celebrating Christmas:... (full context)
Chapter 22: The Wedding
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Firoozeh’s marriage to François begins with a lie: she tells her family that François’s family is happy about the... (full context)
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Firoozeh’s family loves François: they meet him for the first time after Firoozeh’s junior year of college. By this... (full context)
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Kazem and Nazireh love François, not just because he’s a good person but because Firoozeh clearly loves him, too. Nazireh... (full context)
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Shortly after the wedding plans are made official, it becomes clear that some members of François’s family won’t be attending, including his grandmother and one of his sisters. However, both of... (full context)
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Firoozeh and François are married twice, with a Persian ceremony and a Catholic ceremony. Finding a priest who... (full context)
Chapter 23: I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet
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Firoozeh and François move into an apartment in San Francisco. Shortly afterwards, there’s a big earthquake, and all... (full context)
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Since getting married, Firoozeh has hoped that François’s side of the family will begin to be happy for them. After the earthquake, she... (full context)
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A few days later, the elderly woman who Firoozeh comforted shows up at Firoozeh and François’s apartment. She introduces herself as Golda Rubenstein and tells Firoozeh that she saved her life.... (full context)
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François and Firoozeh decide that they have no use for the china dishes (which haven’t broken,... (full context)
Chapter 24: A Nose by Any Other Name
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One day, François and Firoozeh take a drive and stay in a hotel. Late at night, Firoozeh is... (full context)
Chapter 25: Judges Paid Off
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...he’s saved so many airline miles, he often treats his family to free trips. After François and Firoozeh have been married for a year, Farshid offers them a free flight to... (full context)
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François and Firoozeh spend all day trying to find a way to leave Nassau and travel... (full context)
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François and Firoozeh notice that they seem to be the only tourists in Spanish Wells. A... (full context)
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The next day, the pageant begins. The two other judges, in addition to François and Firoozeh, are a beautiful former pageant winner and a wealthy, drunk Canadian who owns... (full context)
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...remember the pageant, and the former pageant winner emphasizes the need for an articulate winner. François and Firoozeh are drawn to an “underdog” candidate—she’s overweight, not particularly physically attractive, and doesn’t... (full context)
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...with fury—by far the most popular candidate, a conventionally beautiful woman named Chantal, has lost. François and Firoozeh manage to get out of the auditorium before the crowd kills them. That... (full context)
Chapter 26: If I Were a Rich Man
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...look as if they’ve been covered in strange blotches. On another occasion, Kazem decides that François and Firoozeh need a medicine cabinet in their bathroom, and builds it himself. Kazem installs... (full context)