What happens in Chapter 5 of In the Time of the Butterflies?

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Dede' reflects on events from just after her sisters' deaths. The deaths have caused things to go out of control with respect to the attention it garners. Fela, the servant, erects a shrine and claims to communicate with their spirits. Minou gets angry with Minerva for firing Fela and goes...

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Dede' reflects on events from just after her sisters' deaths. The deaths have caused things to go out of control with respect to the attention it garners. Fela, the servant, erects a shrine and claims to communicate with their spirits. Minou gets angry with Minerva for firing Fela and goes to visit her often.

Dede' talks about how she met Virgilio and how the trouble with Trujillo began.Dede' was in the store one day pondering a possible marriage to her cousin when two men come in. One of them is Virgilio. Minerva talks easily with him, and they all go to Mario's uncle's house to swim and play volleyball, where Dede' runs into her cousin.

Weeks go by, and they learn that Virgilio is a revolutionary. There is some connection going on with Minerva and Virgilio, as Dede' catches them in the bushes together. Dede' reads in the paper daily the political situation and begins to question her own political beliefs. She changes her opinion of revolutionaries, as she gets to know Virgilio. Dede' also realizes her position as a woman limits her ability to act on her beliefs.

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Dede' reflects on events from just after her sisters' deaths. The deaths have caused things to go out of control with respect to the attention it garners. Fela, the servant, erects a shrine and claims to communicate with their spirits. Minou gets angry with Minerva for firing Fela and goes to visit her often.

Dede' talks about how she met Virgilio and how the trouble with Trujillo began.Dede' was in the store one day pondering a possible marriage to her cousin when two men come in. One of them is Virgilio. Minerva talks easily with him, and they all go to Mario's uncle's house to swim and play volleyball, where Dede' runs into her cousin.

Weeks go by, and they learn that Virgilio is a revolutionary. There is some connection going on with Minerva and Virgilio, as Dede' catches them in the bushes together. Dede' reads in the paper daily the political situation and begins to question her own political beliefs. She changes her opinion of revolutionaries, as she gets to know Virgilio. Dede' also realizes her position as a woman limits her ability to act on her beliefs.

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