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In The Time Of The Butterflies

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In the Time of the Butterflies
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1.  "The others wanted to go ahead and write the damn letter.  But I was against it.  Thank Trujill for punishing us!... People look to us to be an example, we've got a responsbility!"p. 89
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2.  "I argue with myself. What's more important, romance or revolution. But a little voice kept saying, Both, both, I want both. Back and forth my mind went, weaving a yes by night and unraveleing by day to a no."
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3.  "Coming down that mountain, I was a changed woman. I may have worn the same sweet face, but now I was carrying not just my child but that dead boy as well.  My stillborn of thirteen years ago. My murdered son of a few hours ago."
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4.  "May the limitations of love not cast a spell on the serious ambitions of my mind." P. 86
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5.  "Tears came to my eyes. Something big and powerful spread its wings inside me. Courage, I told myself. And this time, I felt it." pg. 283
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6.  "I didn't know what us he was talking about, but I knew right then and there, I wanted to be a part of whatever he was." pg. 142
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7.  "There were many many happy years. I remember those. I try anyhow. I tell myself, ______, concentrate on the positive!" (7).
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8.  "And I count them all twice before I realize, it is me, ______, it's me the one who survived to tell the story" (321).
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9.  "She's always telling me to stand up for myself, but I guess she didn't figure i'd stand up to her?"(38)
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10.  "One morning, she found me changing Dede's wet diaper, but what was funny was that I hadn't wanted to disturb Mama for a clean one, so I had taken off mine to put on my baby sister" (page 44).
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11.  "Come on inside now... I have something to talk to you about. He thught I meant him, but I was looking around the whole group "come on"... They looked for one to other, and something in my voice let them know I was with them." pg.165
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12.  "So, if there really is no chance i'll be out soon, than I want to realise this poor creature from the life it might be born to."(240)
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13.  "And she knew right then and there, her knees shaking, her breath coming short, that she could not go through with this business. Jaimito was just an excuse. She was afraid, plain and simple, just as she had been afraid to face her powerful feelings for Lio" (184).
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14.  "I dont owe you a thing" I said, my voice was as sure and commanding as his. "You've lost my respect." p. 122
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15.  "Things had gotten so bad, even people like me who didn't want anything to do with politics were thinking about it all the time." (page 149).
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16.  "I made myself pray so I wouldn't cry. But my prayers sounded more like I was trying to pick a fight."
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17.  “After finding out from the husbands in prison that they are going to be killed by the guards, she says, 'We cannot give up,' I kept saying.  They marveled at my self-control and so did I.  But now in my life i should have known.  Adversity was like a key in the lock for me.  As I began to work to get our men out of prison, it was the old ________ I set free."p. 261
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18.  "The captain held on my hand too long, but this time I didn't pull away.  I was no longer his victim, I could see that.  I might have lost everything, but my spirit burned bright.  Now that it shined on him, this poor blind moth couldn't resist my light."
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19.  "Like Dede, I just didn't have the nerves for revolution, but unlike her, I didn't have the excuse of a bossy husband"(240)
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20.  "What matters is the quality of a person. What someone is inside themselves." pg. 230
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21.  "A chill goes through her, for she feels it in her bones, the future is now beginning. By the time it is over, it will be the past, and _______ doesn't want to be the only one left to tell their story." (10)
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22.  "I was so sorry to disappoint her, and yet I felt there was nothing to apologize for. At last my spirit was descending into flesh, and there was more,not less of me to praise god. It tingled in my feet, warmed my hands an legs flared in my gut. Yes i confessed at last I have heard" pg.49
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23.  I cried all the way down that mountain. I looked out the spider-webbed window of that bullet-riddled car at brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, one and all, my human family. Then I tried looking up at our Father, but I couldn't see His Face for the dark smoke hiding the tops of those mountains.
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