After Minerva rebuffs Trujillo's advances at the Discovery Day Dance, Papa is put into jail. Before the family can secure his release he suffers a stroke or heart attack. It is believed that he receives inadequate care while in prison, caushing his health to deteriorate, and he begins to lose his mind. During the period after his incarceration, he is incoherent and senile, apparently suffering from some form of what today is known as dementia. His health continues to decline, and dies in 1953.