It is snowing hard as Shekure walks home from the House of the Hanged Jew. She believes that Black truly loves her, but she is dismayed by his haste to have sex. When she gets home, she notices that Hayrire and the boys still haven’t returned from the market. She hears the front door squeak and walks into a room that is in shambles; she then sees Enishte lying on the floor. She screams, hugs Enishte, and begs Allah to return the life to his body. Once she stops crying, she locks Enishte’s body in another room and begins to mop up the blood. When the children return with Hayrire, Shekure tells them that Enishte is ill and is sleeping. The boys try to go into the room where Enishte’s body lies, and she tells them that a jinn came to visit Enishte and that they must stay out or they’ll die.
The opening to this chapter builds suspense, as Shekure seems to be incriminating herself by hiding Enishte’s body and lying to her sons about his death. Furthermore, Shekure does not provide a reason as to why she takes this course of action, creating further tension. Yet even though her reasoning remains a mystery to the reader, Shekure shows no signs of hesitation as she goes about hiding Enishte’s body. This confirms the sense that she is an exceptionally bold woman with a strong desire to command her own fate.
Having locked the boys in their room, Shekure goes downstairs and tells Hayrire that Enishte is dead. Hayrire shrieks and insists on going to see the body. Shekure confesses that she was with Black at the time of the murder. She insists that they act as if everything is normal. That night, she tells the boys a love story about a prince and princess in order to help them go to sleep. Later, Shekure and Hayrire recite a chapter from the Koran, wash Enishte’s body and change his clothes. Hayrire asks if she may put her mattress in Shekure’s room that night, but Shekure refuses.
As this passage shows, Shekure’s uncompromising boldness can cause her to behave cruelly toward others. Despite the fact that Enishte was murdered inside the house by someone who is still at large, Shekure refuses to allow Hayrire to sleep with her and the boys. It seems that now that Enishte is dead, Shekure wishes to assert herself as the new, tough “man of the house.”