The narrator describes, "One day, in July 1973, I played another little trick on Hassan. I was reading to him, and suddenly I strayed from the written story. I pretended I was reading from the book" and Hassan says that "That was the best story you've read me in a long time" (Hosseini 30). By playing tricks on Hassan, Amir shows that even though he thinks of Hassan as a friend, he still knows that there's a racial divide between them. However, Hassan is oblivious and just keeps going with life.