Summer 2004 (12.2)
The Ali and Nino Walking Tour
by Betty Blair and Fuad
Mammad Aliyev 19
(Pre-Soviet: Politseyskaya Street)
to Ali & Nino Walking Tour Index
(Residence not known exactly. This
is the largest house on this street)
original owner of this opulent mansion was Zeynal bey Salimkhanov.
It was built in 19131914 and designed by the architect A.A.
From the novel, it is impossible to say with any certainty that
this is the exactly Nino's. No doubt since her family was of
aristocracy, their house would have been quite opulent. Perhaps,
it was not exactly this house but it is likely to have been located
very close in this vicinity. The first time Ali approached Nino's
parents about marrying her, they rejected his offer. Eventually,
they realized that the young couple should be allowed to pursue
their own interests and dreams. Here is what occurred when Ali
met them in their home the second time.
From "Ali & Nino",
"The Prince's voice was soft and mild: "I have looked
into my child's heart. Her feeling for you is genuine and holy.
It would be a sin to stand in her way. Come, Ali Khan."
I went. The Princess cried and kissed me. The prince talked solemnly
about marriage but quite differently from the way my father had
talked, who never thought that marriage consisted of mutual trust
and respect. Man and wife should help each other by word and
deed. And they must never forget that they have equal rights
and that their souls are their own.
"I gave my solemn word
not to make Nino wear the veil, and not to keep a harem. Nino
came in, and I kissed her brow. She tucked her head between her
shoulders, and looked like a little bride in need of protection.
"But this in not to be made public," said the Prince.
"First Nino must finished school. Work hard, my child. If
you don't pass, you will have to wait another year." Nino
raised her brows, which looked as if drawn by a stroke of the
pen: "Don't worry, father. I will pass at school and in
marriage. Ali Khan will help me in both."
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