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how does mama elena react when tita has a suitor? why?


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One afternoon while the women complete their various duties to prepare the sausage, Tita, fifteen years old, announces that Pedro Muzquiz would like to come to the house and speak with her about marriage. Mama Elena tells Tita that it is useless for Pedro to ask for her hand in marriage because Tita, being the youngest, is obligated by family tradition to care for her mother until death. Tita begins to protest but is quickly silenced by her mother’s sharp look. When Tita realizes that she is not permitted to have an opinion or a voice she begins to cry. She is frustrated by the silly tradition and questions the logic of the person who started it. Mama Elena, angered by her daughter’s disobedience, does not speak to her for a full week.