On April 11, 1960, Maria Teresa is tortured at La 40; in undated journals between the 10th and the 16th, she recovers from her ordeal.
When Maria Teresa is incarcerated by the Servicio de Inteligencia Militar, she notices that she's bleeding on April 10th, despite the fact that most women...
have stopped menstruating in captivity. She says that she herself has missed January, February, and March. She also says that she and Leandro were trying to have a baby in December and January.
The next entry in the journal has "Not sure what day it is" listed as the date and she says she's weak but the bleeding has stopped. She says there's a story that she's not ready to tell; that it didn't matter whether she had a miscarriage or her period because there was nothing that could be done after the secret police got to her.
The next entry is listed as "Another day." She says Magdalena is taking care of her and feeding her broth.
Later in the chapter, Mate writes down her story for the OAS Committee investigating Human Rights Abuses. She says that on April 11th, 1960, she was taken to La 40 and forced to strip to her slip and brassiere. She laid on a metal table and the guards bring a man—her husband—in. (His name is blacked out in her retelling.) They hit him when he refuses to talk and she feels pain in her stomach. She says it's as bad as contractions.
When they refused to talk and she refused to persuade him to talk, the men tied her down and used an electric prod to shock her. Her husband agrees to do what they want. They drag him away and take her back to prison.