In the Time of the Butterflies

What does Patria’s stillborn baby represent for her? How does the baby’s death change her outlook and her attitude toward others?

chapter 4

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Patria does not describe having a miscarriage other than as it is connected to losing her faith: "I realized I was giving birth to something dead I had been carrying inside me." But after losing her baby, she wonders if she is being punished for giving up on her religious calling.