In the Time of the Butterflies

How does Dede justify her choice not to join her sister? How does she feel after giving her sister the reason?4

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Dede's excuse is that she had to obey her husband. '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 it as an excuse for not supporting her sisters, something for which she still feels guilty.