News of a Kidnapping - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 5 Summary

In the month since the abduction, the rules regarding the captivity of Maruja and Beatriz have been relaxed somewhat, offering them a modicum of humanity in what is otherwise an exceptionally inhumane existence. Though small, these concessions mean that they can now move, pour coffee or change television channels at will without first asking for permission.

At one time, it appears that they may even be released before December 9, the date of the election for the Constituent Assembly. It is a date that holds personal significance for Maruja, as it is her birthday. A week later, though, they are informed that, in fact, they will not be freed. Not long after, Maruja suffers from phlebitis, causing severe pain in her legs, while Beatriz has an attack of asphyxia and her gastric ulcer starts to bleed.

In early-December, the four guards with whom they had thus far endured...

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