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Name three scenes in which rain appears in In the Time of the Butterflies. What does it symbolize?

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Rain is used as a symbol of tragic or disastrous events, or as a foreshadowing of doom.  The first scene in which it is mentioned is at the end of Chapter 1, "a clear moonlit night before the future begins".  The family is all together, and Mama is chiding Minerva for her radical and dangerous political views.  Although the sky is clear, it is "as if drops of rain had started falling", and the family ends their conversation and hurries inside.  The...

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