Apa's telling Uhmma that "It is not forever," but what does he mean?
Young Ju and her parents are sitting in their beaten-down station wagon, staring at the beaten-down house they're about to move into.
Not—in other words—a place they're all looking forward to living.
But Apa's determined to move there.
Uhmma, on the other hand, thinks it's a bad move… and not just because the house looks abandoned in the middle of a ghetto neighborhood; they could also be saving money while living rent-free at Gomo's house.
But no—Apa feels restricted and all un-manly living at his sister's house.
But, but, but… then "slap, loud like a breaking glass"—Apa's not the kind of guy who likes a questioning wife.
Young Ju's witnessing all of this, and it definitely makes her feel anxious.
But what can she do?
And what can Uhmma do too?
Finally, Uhmma—who has blood dripping from her lips—submits to Apa and repeats the words he tells her at the start of the chapter: "It is not forever."