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The dire situation of life in the Dominican Republic is portrayed symbolically when Minerva describes wanting to leave home. Minerva considers herself trapped at home, perceiving Inmaculada Concepcion as a kind of escape. She sees her own situation mirrored in that of the rabbits in their pens, but she realizes that she is nothing like a rabbit when the rabbit that she tries to let free refuses to leave the cage. As for her, however, "I'd just left a small cage to go into a bigger one, the size of our whole country."