What happens in Chapters 7, 8, and 9 in the book In the Time of the Butterflies?

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In Chapter 7, it is revealed that Papa has died and Minerva has gone to the University to study law, where she meets Manolo and becomes active in the underground.  While visiting her, Mate begins to have recurring dreams about a coffin, in which she sees the faces of her father and other men.  Minerva marries Manolo, and Mate meets and marries Leandro, becoming active in the movement as well.

In Chapter 8, Patria, who has been married 18 years, reflects on how different her life is from her sisters.  Newly pregnant, Patria attends a religious retreat in the mountains and is caught in the middle of a battle between rebels and government forces.  When she sees a young boy gunned down before her eyes, Patria, who has tried to keep her oldest son from joining the revolution, is galvanized into action herself.  Her home becomes the headquarters for the 14th of June Movement, which seeks to overthrow the government from within.

In Chapter 9, Dede explains that she was forbidden by her husband to join her sisters in revolution.  At one point she decides to defy his wishes and leave him, but first she seeks counsel at the church, and learns that even the church is part of the movement.  Dede soon realizes that she is involved in the underground by association with her family, whether she actually joins in their activities or not.  Within a short time, Trujillo's police begin to round up the family one by one.

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