Patria's Awakenings

Patria's Awakenings
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  • Patria's Pregnancy
  • "We'll call him Che for short."
  • Nelson
  • "How can that be, Mami? we're ready for our grandchildren."
  • Noris
  • "Che! What kind of a name is that?"
  • Pedrito
  • Patria
  • "Pedrito, I'm pregnant, I'm sure of it."
  • Minerva Protects Her Child
  • "But Minerva, your own child-"
  • Patria
  • "I'm going to be on the road a lot. And I'll be comingdown here for some meetings every week."
  • Minerva
  • Manolito
  • Patria Consults Padre de Jesús
  • "Padre, I feel lost. I don't know what to the lord requires of us in these hard times."
  • Patria
  • Padre de Jesús
  • "Patria, my child, we must wait. We must pray. I, too, am lost so that I can't show you the way."
  • Patria learns that she is pregnant, so she decides to tell her husband, Pedrito. Pedrito is shocked and begins to deny the possibility of Patria being pregnant. The children, Nelson and Noris, become excited and help pick a name for the baby.
  • Patria's Religious Awakening
  • Minerva visits Patria and asks her to take care of her child while she is busy helping with the underground plans for the revolution. Patria is shocked and upset by this, but understands that Minerva feels like she must do this.
  • The Religious Retreat Massacre
  • Patria decides to consult Padre de Jesús about the insecurities she felt. She decided to stay vague when speaking of her problems to avoid being reported to the SIM by the priest. He confesses that he also feels lost, and that he does not believe he can guide Patria in the way she requests.
  • The United Revolutionists
  • "Amen to the revolution!"
  • Patria goes on a religious retreat. When Patria arrives, she discoveries that she once again feels a deep connection to her religion, and thanks the lord for allowing the child in her womb to remind her of this.
  • "My old yearning to be in the religious life stirred. I felt myself rising, light-headed with transcendence, an overflowing fountain. Thank the lord I has that child in my womb to remind me of the life I had already chosen."
  • While on the religious retreat, the house was bombed. Patria watched as a young man was shot and killed. He reminded Patria of Nelson, her own son. 
  • Patria
  • Injured boy
  • "Get down, son! Get down!"
  • Patria
  • The family decides to turn their house into the main headquarters for the underground movement against Trujillo, and Patria decides to join her sisters in participating in the movement. Minerva shouts with joy at Patria's decision.
  • Minerva
  • Pedrito
  • Nelson
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