dormant

When Amir describes America as “a river,” he means that it is “unmindful of the past” (Kite Runner 136).  This particular aspect of America attracts him because in such a country he may be able to forget his own past.  He wishes that his painful memories would at least remain dormant.  If they would simply stay asleep, he could move on, forget his past decisions and become a happier person.  America’s forgetful culture could help him be happy.  If only it were that simple.

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placid

If Amir had been hoping for a placid taxi ride in Peshawar, he was sorely disappointed.  Gholam’s taxi is “smoke-filled,” and Amir sits on “shredded upholstery,” while Gholam, “a chain-smoking, sweaty little man,” talks non-stop, just barely missing collisions (Kite Runner 195).  This bumpy ride presages many of Amir’s other experiences in Pakistan.

amicable

The red grapes that Assef had set out on the table are hardly a sign of amicable relations between him and Amir (Kite Runner 273).  The violent scene that  proceeds in this place proofs the animosity Assef feels toward Amir, largely because of what Assef sees as unfinished business.