In the Time of the Butterflies

Chapter 1

Dedé

1994

Dedé is now the only survivor of the family from the revolution. She is also living with the guilt and memories of the death of her sisters.

Chapter 2

Patria

1938

Patria wants to become a nun.

All Three Sisters

1938

Sisters go to Inmaculada Concepción where they meet Sinita and learn of Trujillo's bad ways.

Minerva

1941

Minerva learns about Lina. Minerva learns that Lina gave into Trujillo and now lives her life alone in a big mansion.

Sinita

1944

Sinita tries to kill Trujillo with a bow and arrow during the performance.

Minerva

1944

Minerva sees Trujillo while she preforms for the independence day celebration. This is when Minerva began to see Trujillo as disgusting.

Chapter 3

María Teresa

1946

Hilda has been caught in the convent, and Minerva is burying everything, including Mate's book, that mentions her friend's name so that she won't get into trouble.

Chapter 4

Patria

1946

Patria loses her baby, which results in her loss of faith as well.

Patria

1946

After burying her child, Patria digs him back up and is horrified when she sees that he is covered in ants.

Mama & Papa

1946

There are hints of Mama knowing that Papa has been cheating on her. This is when she says to the girls that their papa is like every other man, who are all "scoundrels" (Alvarez, 57)

Chapter 5

Dedé

1948

Dedé had accidentally finds Fela's shrine of the girls one Friday in the shed behind the house. She ordered Fela to move the shrine. At this time it is very clear that Dedé is trapped in the past always remembering the death of her sisters.

Dede

1948

Jaimito proposes to Dede, but she is in love with Lio who is in love with Minerva. However, Dede decides to accept Jaimito's proposal.

Dede

1948

Dede sees that Fela has set up an altar with the picture of Trujillo that Patria threw away

Dede

1948

When Jaimito proposes to Dede, they find Lio hiding in his car. Lio gives Dede a letter he wants her to give to Minerva. However, since Dede is in love with Lio, she burns the letter. The letter also asked Minerva to run away with him, which gave Dede even more cause to burn the letter. Although burning the letter was done for bad reasons, it seems as if it would not have changed anything if Minerva did get the letter because she was not in love with Lio and would not have gone with him

Chapter 6

Minerva

1949

Minerva suspects that her dad is cheating. She has now seen her father's car in front of the same house multiple times. Also, she finally saw four little girls come out that had the "Mirabal eyes".

Chapter 7

María Teresa

1953

Mate now goes to join Minerva at the university.

María Teresa

1953

Mate is having a lot of trouble with her fathers death.

Chapter 8

Patria

1959

Nelson, Patrias son is talking about how he if joining the rebellion

Minerva

1959

Minerva gives her son Manolito to Patria and tells her to keep him because she says she and Manolo will be on the road a lot now and will only be in coming back a couple times a week for meetings

Patria

1959

Pedrito and Patria have a fight about how she allows her sisters to meet in his house when they are planning to overthrow Trujillo. Pedrito says that they can no longer meet on his land, and that Patria is exposing their son to the rebellion and is endangering their sons patrimony

Chapter 9

Dede

1960

Jaimito, Dedes husband makes Dede swear she will not get involved with her sisters and their participation in the rebellion

Patria

1960

Patrias husband and son, Pedrito and Nelson are taken by the SIM (Trujillo's secret police) and the house is burned down.

Minerva and Maria Teresa

1960

Minerva and Mate are taken by the SIM as well.

Chapter 10

Patria

1960

Captain Pena arrives and informs Patria that the SIM made her husband an offer. He would get his freedom and farm back if he divorced his Mirabal wife, but Pedrito refused.

Patria

1960

Nelson is returned to the family but without Pedrito

Chapter 11

María Teresa

1960

Maria Teresa was taken to La 40 and whipped in front of her husband to try to convince him to do a job for Trujillo. After Mate almost went unconscious he cried out, "I'll do it! I'll do it!" (Alvarez, 256)

Chapter 12

Minerva and María Teresa

1960

Minerva and Mate have been released to house arrest

Patria, Minvera, Maria Teresa

1960

All of the girls, not including Dedé, are in the car driving but before they reach their destination they are ambushed and beat to death. After the girls a dead the car is pushed over a cliff to make their deaths look like a car accident.