In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

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What did Mate learn about people from her prison experience in the book In the Time of the Butterflies? Chapter 11

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From her prison experience, Mate learns to appreciate and accept all kinds of people for what they are.  She finds a connection among women especially from all backgrounds, a connection that she begins to understand forms the basis of the whole philosophy of the revolution.

Mate has never realized how privileged her life had been.  When she is put into prison, she is housed with a group of "nonpoliticals...prostitutes, thieves, murderers".   Twenty-three other women are packed with her into "a cell no bigger than Mama's living and dining...

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