Mate received her journal March 16, and talks about her fears. While they're in jail Minerva insists they go to "school" like Castro did while he was incarcerated. Minerva is put in solitary often for not complying with the rules. They are offered a pardon, but Minerva refuses to let them accept it because they have nothing to be pardoned for, and she won't go until everyone gets to go. Mate realizes that she is pregnant, and decides to abort it. She is taken to La 40, the torture chamber, and is tortured there in front of Leandro to get him to talk, which he does. Because of this, she has a miscarriage. Minerva and Mate have a trial, and get 5 years. They hear that the OAS will be coming to investigate human rights abuses in Trujillo's prisons, and Minerva wants Mate to tell them what happened in La 40 but Mate doesn't want to. When she meets with them she drops a note about the injustices but nothing about her own personal story. They hear all political women will be released, and they describe it as bittersweet.