What is the summary for Chapter 5 of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao?

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Abelard Cabral (Oscar's grandfather) was an upper-class surgeon and businessman.  He married Socorro, a respected nurse practitioner, had a mistress named Lydia, and brought up his two daughters (Jackie and Astrid) to follow in his footsteps.  Abelard dealt with the deplorable Trujillo regime by ignoring it until Jackie grew so beautiful that the Trujillo himself lusted after her (as he did many others).  Abelard took a big risk by not allowing his wife or daughter to attend Trujillo's parties and sporting a lame excuse.  Abelard loses weight in worry, but does not deport them to safety.  Trujillo finally confronts Abelard about their absence.  Unable to delay any further, Abelard almost allows them to attend before reneging at the last moment.  He simply tells Trujillo, "They could not attend."  Abelard was arrested by the Secret Police under the false pretense of making a bad joke about bodies in the back of his car (or some say because of a book written revealing Trujillo's "supernatural roots" and "dark powers").  Through his 14 years in prison, Abelard is starved, shocked, stripped, bound, and tortured.  While visiting, Socorro becomes pregnant with their third daughter (Beli).  Family members die one by one, but Beli is passed around and eventually sold to a man who poured hot oil on her back.  La Inca finally responds, finds Beli, and saves her.

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