Sa’eed is seven years old. He is the youngest son to Mustafa Sa’eed and Hosna bint Mahmoud, and the younger brother to Mahmoud. He is named after his paternal grandfather. Right before his death, Mustafa Sa’eed designates the narrator as guardian of Sa’eed and his brother and asks the narrator to spare his sons the pangs of “wanderlust.” Sa’eed and his brother end up as orphans after their mother dies of suicide after killing Wad Rayyes.
Sa’eed (junior) Quotes in Season of Migration to the North
The Season of Migration to the North quotes below are all either spoken by Sa’eed (junior) or refer to Sa’eed (junior). 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 NYRB Classics edition of Season of Migration to the North published in 2009.).
Chapter 4 Quotes
“…mysterious things in my soul and in my blood impel me towards faraway parts that loom up before me and cannot be ignored. How sad it would be if either or both of my sons grew up with the germ of this infection in them, the wanderlust.”
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Sa’eed (junior) Character Timeline in Season of Migration to the North
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...father, testifying in the trial, said that he could not be sure whether to blame Sa’eed for his daughter’s suicide, or whether she had simply undergone a spiritual crisis. And so,... (full context)
...the future—about marrying again. She says she will never marry after the death of Mustafa Sa’eed. When the narrator mentions Wad Rayyes’s interest in her, she says she will kill him... (full context)
...the details of Hosna’s murder-suicide, the narrator stands outside of the secret room in Mustafa Sa’eed’s house. He enters. Inside, he strikes a match and sees a face. He thinks it... (full context)
...turns to the painting of Jean Morris above the English mantelpiece. He recalls, again, Mustafa Sa’eed’s story of his relationship with Jean Morris, how she would torment and humiliate him at... (full context)