DCTC Step 3 Actions: "When she calms herself she finds she has snipped her prize butterfly orchid. She picks up the fallen blossom and trims the stem, wincing. Perhaps this is the only way to grieve the big things-in snippets, pinches, little sips of sadness" (Alvarez 5). The author is trying to make Dedé as a character that even when little bad things happen she still resorts to the same way she deals with the lost of her family. By grieving in a small, not noticeable way.
CTC Step 3 Patria pg.149 "And me, Patria Mercedes, like I said, I had settled down for life in my rocksure house.And eighteen years". Settlement is hard for the Mirabal sisters but Patria accomplishes this. Thus, accomplishing this Patria shows the reader she is making an effort in getting her life together and is possibly starting a better life which soon gets flipped over later in the story once her involvement in the revolution erupted.