By Esmeralda Santiago
As a tender woman becoming up in Spain, Ana Larragoity Cubillas is powerfully attracted to Puerto Rico via the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de Leon. And in good-looking dual brothers Ramon and Inocente—both in love with Ana—she unearths how to get there. Marrying Ramon on the age of eighteen, she travels around the ocean to Hacienda los Gemelos, a distant sugar plantation the brothers have inherited. yet quickly the Civil conflict erupts within the usa, and Ana unearths her livelihood, and even perhaps her lifestyles, threatened by way of the very humans on whose backs her wealth has been outfitted: the hacienda’s slaves, whose richly drawn tales spread along her personal during this epic novel of affection, discovery and adventure.
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But she was discouraged from discussing or even thinking about any of her bewildering, disjointed feelings. She explored the new sensations in her body, but envisioned God frowning whenever she brushed her fingers against her budding breasts to feel the pleasure at the touch, so even her thoughts were forbidden. Her schoolmates talked about the increased closeness to their mothers as they became young women, and Ana wished that Jesusa could be like them—loving, warm, attentive, encouraging, and willing to answer her questions.
Ramón and Inocente went in the opposite direction. In mid-June 1844 they escorted Elena by steamship up the Río Guadalquivir to Sevilla, where she’d help Ana prepare her trousseau for the wedding six weeks hence. Ana, Elena, Jesusa, and a gaggle of comadres, cousins, and neighbors sewed, embroidered, and packed crates, chests, and boxes for hours on the uppermost floor of the house. Ana and Elena were in a constant frenzy. Ramón and Inocente didn’t want to interrupt important business, so they left the ladies to their chores and took advantage of their leisure.
Eugenio traveled from Cádiz to Sevilla to present his son’s proposal. Gustavo listened politely, but firmly rejected the request for his daughter’s hand. Jesusa then reminded Ana that her impetuous nature sometimes caused her to make hasty decisions. “Remember when you wanted to be a nun because you so admired your teacher Sor Magdalena? …” “I was ten, Mamá. ” “You’re insolent to your mother,” her father said. He threatened to exile Ana to a Carmelite convent in Extremadura if she didn’t give up her foolish obsession.