Mallory re-appears in the hospital room. She seems mainly concerned with Hassan's bandaged hands and leaves shortly afterward; Hassan understandably can't really forgive her yet, and is glad when she's gone.
Mallory returns to Le Saule Pleureur and sees her own restaurant in a new light. A good light.
She goes to a foie gras farm with Leblanc to collect Christmas dinner.
Mallory sits with Madame Degeneret, the owner of the farm, while she force-feeds her ducks.
While they talk, Degeneret sets a duck free because it raised a group of motherless ducklings as its own, in an act that she describes as "'showing more kindness than a human being'" (11.41). It's certainly kinder than we've seen Mallory be…
Hassan comes home from the hospital to Mallory waiting for them, asking forgiveness. Papa is—of course—angry.
Mallory refuses to let Papa have the last word, though, and she takes a chair and a blanket and parks herself outside their house, refusing to move until Papa agrees to let Hassan come and work for her.
Hassan retires to his room to get away from the scene outside. He watches Mallory through the window with his little sister, Zainab.
Mallory has caused a sensation. Townspeople gather outside the property to watch her, and they're rallying against Papa for keeping her out there.
Her protest begins to work on Hassan, and several days later Zainab plays the winning card when she tells Papa "'Mummy would want us to stop running'" (11.140).
At these words, Papa's heart melts, like melting fat in a pan. Yes, the food analogies just keep on coming.
Hassan responds to this decision with enthusiasm, and the freezing Mallory is hoisted from her seat; it is settled that Hassan will join her.
Title alert:This small journey across the street seems to Hassan to be as long as the universe. It is, ahem, his hundred-foot journey.