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Why was Dede shy about being involved in the underground movement in In the Time of...

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Why was Dede shy about being involved in the underground movement in In the Time of Butterflies?

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One of the central reasons is that Dede is devoted to her family and wisely wants to stay away from anything that will jeopardize their safety or her ability to provide for them and keep her safe over time. She feels this because she knows that real harm could come to her as it came to others, some of whom were tortured, like Manolo.

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