Minerva says,"something has started that none of us can stop." What does she mean by this remark?

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She means the revolution to oust Trujillo.  Once the people finally become energized and outraged, the many will defeat the few.  But she also might well be referring to women's realization of their own power.  Once she became disillusions about both "El Jefe" and her father, Minerva understands that she...

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She means the revolution to oust Trujillo.  Once the people finally become energized and outraged, the many will defeat the few.  But she also might well be referring to women's realization of their own power.  Once she became disillusions about both "El Jefe" and her father, Minerva understands that she must act as her own advocate...for herself, her family, and her country.  Similar epiphanies will occur for all the sisters. Maria Teresa works out her own strength by writing in her diary; Patria, by using the power of her faith (changed considerably from the passive manfestation to the active); Dede, the last to find her own power, finally does in realizing that keeping the "butterflies" alive in memory is something she does not want to and will not stop. 

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