In the time of the butterflies
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Alverez uses euphemisms, metaphors and other figurative language to describe people and situations. Dede's father uses the idiom "Every foot needs a hard shoe" to state that somebody in the family needs to be practical and a realist. Similarly when Minerva discovers that her father has another family, she laments, "I know the clouds have already rained." She knows things can't be changed.