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I planted a fistful of crumpled money under a mattress."
Amir, pg. 254
This quote (above and below) shows how Amir had changed. Before, when he put the money under Hassan's mattress, it was a coward move. He did it so Baba would get rid of both Hassan and Ali.
"I lifted Hassan's mattress and planted my new watch and a handful of Afghani bills under it.
I waited another thirty minutes. Then i knocked on Baba's door and told what I hoped would be the last
in a long line of shameful lies."
Amir, pg. 110
Amir kept trying to cover up his past and get rid of it by setting Hassan up. He thought if Hassan left, then everything would go back to normal, but it didn't.
Now, Amir had a heart. Rahim Khan told Amir to come back to Afghanistan to rescue Hassan's son Sohrab. Amir stayed with Wahid's family. They didn't have much at all. They served Amir all their food they had. Amir felt guilty for all the riches he had. Living in America, without war, having sanitary living conditions and enough food for meals three times a day. So, when it was time for Amir to leave, he snuck a fistfull of money under the mattress. This time, it wasn't a coward who had done it, it had been a loving, but guilty man. Amir was slowly paying back his dues and hardships he had created in the past.