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Does Minerva ever apologize to Trujillo for slapping him in In the Time of the...

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mairmair | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 2, 2010 at 4:16 AM via web

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Does Minerva ever apologize to Trujillo for slapping him in In the Time of the Butterflies?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted May 21, 2010 at 9:24 AM (Answer #1)

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In the book In the Time of the Butterflies Trujillo is a ruler who sees what he wants in females and then takes it.  When Minerva was at school before she was seventeen she had a female classmate who attracted Trujillo's attention.  He arranged to have the girl removed from school and moved to a house where he could control her and use her as his spare girlfriend until he was tired of her.  It ruined the girl's life. 

Minerva's family is invited by Trujillo to a dinner banquet.  At the banquet he fondles another man's wife and later he has Minerva dance with him.  He tries to lay his charms on her and pulls her closer and closer.  She is already turned off by him but when he presses her too closely she slaps him.  Minerva does not apologize because she knows she was in the right and she is very adamant about her principle beliefs.

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