By Julia Alvarez
Within the early Nineteen Sixties within the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her kin is all in favour of the underground circulation to finish the bloody rule of the dictator, common Trujillo.
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His eyes flew up, went white. His legs turned to spaghetti. He dropped to the floor like a marionette with cut strings. He lay there still, unconscious. But it was too late. His call for help was already being answered. I heard what must’ve been half a dozen people running toward me—thunderous footsteps getting louder and louder. I looked around. I was in an empty hallway with solid walls of cinder block. But there, at the end of the hall, was a black square—a window with the panes painted over.
It was the perfect word to describe my mother. Now don’t get me wrong. Mom was a pretty good mom, all in all. There were a couple of times in my life when she even approached Mom Greatness. She was just . . timorous. Timid, fearful. Prone to be apprehensive. As in frightened out of her wits about every little thing. Are you feeling all right? You don’t look good. Do you have a fever? Wash your hands after you touch that or you’ll get sick. Don’t walk on the road after six, the cars can’t see you.
Where are my parents? ” Chunky and Rat Face looked at each other. Chunky shrugged. Rat Face laughed. ’” he mimicked me. “What do you think, we’re idiots? ” “I mean it,” I said. “I don’t know where I am. I don’t know what’s happening. Why are you doing this to me? ” I lifted my foot up and down, up and down. Never give in. Chunky stepped up close to the chair and looked down at me. ” he said. “Didn’t I show you what happens to smart punks? ” “Come on, we oughta do this,” Rat Face told him nervously.