Study Guide

Three Cups of Tea Chapter 14

By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Chapter 14


  • Back home, Mortenson arrives at his house to see a car in the driveway with a license plate that reads "BABY CATCHER" (14.1) which means that Montana must have the longest custom license plates in the country.
  • It's the midwife, and Tara soon gives birth to Amira Eliana Mortenson.
  • Mortenson later tells Hoerni about his kidnapping. Hoerni doesn't think a kidnapping should have stopped him, though—he wants to see the school before he dies, and he might be dying soon.
  • Mortenson returns to Korphe that fall, and Haji Ali chastises him for traveling in Pakistan alone, when Mortenson tells him of the kidnapping.
  • Haji Ali tells Mortenson to let him pick the sites of future schools from now on.
  • While the school is being constructed, one of the village people's wives (none of these Village People) is sick after childbirth.
  • They let Mortenson tend to her, even though men aren't supposed to touch the women, and Mortenson fishes her decomposing placenta out. She lives.
  • Finally, on December 10, 1996, the Korphe school is complete. Yay.
  • Back in the States, Mortenson, along with Tara and the baby, drive to see Hoerni at the Blaine County Medical Center.
  • They put up a photo of the school in his hospital room.
  • Hoerni dies in January 1997, and Mortenson gives a eulogy at his funeral. Sniffle sniffle.

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