In the Time of the Butterflies

Who is Magdalena?Who is Amantina?

Chapter 11 from In the Time of the Butterflies

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In Prison Minerva and another revolutionary leader, Sina, hold classes and discussions in the southeast corner. Maria Teresa befriends one of the other women, Magdalena, who also has a little daughter. On July 11, Maria Teresa tells Magdalena's heartbreaking story: as a young girl, she worked as a maid for a wealthy family, the de la Torres, and was repeatedly raped there. She became pregnant, and the Dona threw her out. She gave birth to Amantina, but the de la Torres took her away from her mother. When Magdalena tried to get her back, breaking into the home with a knife, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempted murder