In chapter 10, In the Time of The Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
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Pena tells Patria that the SIM made her husband an offer: he would get his freedom and farm back if he divorced "his Mirabal wife," but Pedrito refused.
Captain Pena takes over Patria and Pedrito's land. In response, Patria goes to Don Bernardo's house and asks for a ride to Santiago to Captain Pena's office. While she pleads with him to intercede on behalf of her family in jail, she prays for him all the while, hoping to defeat him with prayer.