What did Jaimito do when he thought Dedé had joined her sisters? How did Dedé respond?
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Jaimito takes his sons and all of their things when he believes Dede has joined her sisters. He doesn't approve, and he has warned her not to join them, but she does it anyway, so he leaves her.
In the Time of Butterflies
In the end, she chooses her marriage and children.
Speaking to the female interviewer, Dede addresses a similar theme: “‘Back in those days, we women followed our husbands.’ Such a silly excuse. After all, look at Minerva. ‘Let’s put it this way,’ Dede adds. ‘I followed my husband. I didn’t get involved.’” She is aware that she is using tradition as an excuse for not having supported her sisters, something for which she still feels guilty.