It's in chapter one and it is before Gertrudis plays the piano.
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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. Just when things are beginning to improve between mother and daughter, Pedro Muzquiz and his father appear at the ranch to ask for Tita’s hand in marriage. Mama Elena refuses to grant her blessing for Pedro’s union with Tita and offers Rosaura to him instead.