Jahanara's new husband is Khondamir, a wealthy silver merchant with ties to Persian trade. He's also a major status seeker and social climber. He's twice Jahanara's age, fat, and just gross. Gee, thanks, Mom and Dad, you're quite the matchmakers.
Jahanara survives her miserable wedding day by getting drunk.
Khondamir rapes Jahanara on her wedding night. No amount of booze will make that a better situation.
At first, Jahanara tries really hard to be a good wife. But Khondamir is a cad—to him, she's just a new possession to be used. He just wants her to have his babies.
When Jahanara doesn't please Khondamir, he forces her to watch him do it with concubines. Nice guy, that Khondamir.
Jahanara's family members are all travelling on their military campaign to the south against the Deccans, and apparently experiencing war with them is something Jahanara would prefer over married life. Yikes.
Finally, Jahanara works up the nerve to make a deal with her husband: if she tells him how to save his fruit trees (which are very obviously dying from being over-watered), would he let her ride a horse to visit friends?
Jahanara's cleverness gains her permission to go visit Ladli in the Red Fort.
Ladli tells Jahanara about her love affair with the son of a fisherman. She sees no reason to keep herself untouched for some still-hypothetical husband.