“Florente of the islands informed Gumecindo that his cousin Alejo had a sickness they called dano of the fields. This was not sunstroke or a flu, but worse,”(93).
Estrella brings Alejo into the hospital and opens the double doors amazing the twins
“All this, just to arrive at a heap of aluminum foil and missing tires,”(135).
Estrella climbs the chain in the barn and sits on the roof
“Hon, you gotta understand. I gotta pick up my kids in Daisyfield by six. The nurse checked her watch a third time, a pileof keys in her hand,”(146).
Symbolism: The Barn
“Through the glass, Estrella smiled a small smile when she saw her sisters looking. Then she lifted her arms, her palms up and then spread them wide and the twins watched as she stepped forward and the glass doors split open before her as if obeying her command,”(156).
“Estrella remained as immobile as an angel standing on the verge of faith. Like the chiming bells of the great cathedrals, she believed her heart powerful enough to summon home all those who strayed,”(176).
“When her eyes accustomed to the dark and the moonlight paved a worn pathway toward the barn, Estrella knew what to do. The weight of night did not affect her eyesight; her eyes grew like the pupils of a cat to absorb every particle light,”(171). The barn symbolizes the place where Estrella can complete her transformation and empowerment. By the end of the novel, she uses the barn as a platform and realizes her own power of self-empowerment.