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Isabel Allende - The House of the Spirits Chapter 12 The Conspiracy Handout

Isabel Allende - The House of the Spirits Chapter 12 The Conspiracy Handout



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chicken” were determined not to let the sabotage spoil their gains, so they sang that “people unitedwould never be defeated” until it became “out of tune because decisiveness and hatred were inexorablygrowing” and eventually there’s a “chicken shortage” thus the cadets “were all a bunch of chickens.”(348-9)⊗ Esteban Trueba has been secretly storing guns and weapons in his house⊗ Upon his first return after 3 years and five months, Esteban Trueba was held hostage when thepeasants in Tres Marías took over the hacienda and drank all his precious wines & butchered all thelivestock and “for the first time he could remember, he felt defeated” (361).⊗ Ironically it is Pedero Tercero who saves him, telling the peasants “it will be better if I take him with menow, with
his tails between his legs
” (360).⊗ Luisa Mora comes in and warns Alba that she could possibly die, and she told Esteban “victory will onlybring you suffering and loneliness” (364).
unidentified third person narrator (Esteban)
talks about the POLITICS at thattime: Socialists allied with left-wing parties & won the presidential election for thepeople who live in “the shantytown and working class neighborhoods”—the rightWing parties were well-prepared for celebrations (shocked) and met at “colonial-style house” (342) to produce resolutions such as manipulation through themedia
Soon, the rich people withdraw all their money from banks and eitherhid them or send them overseas in fear of Russian aggression, causing an“economic destabilization” (342) thus widen gap between the classes⊗ Pedro Tercero García, a peasant, gained office due to “shortage of skilled men”for the left wing government, and he “stared out the barred window of hisluxurious office and could see only a small square of 
sky.” (344)⊗ Blanca does not see Pedro Tercero for two years because she refuses to marryhim⊗ Blanca begins storing things in the empty rooms when everything faces ascarcity & a new profession was born: “Professional line standers” and “peddler
Major Plot Events in Chronological Order…
Chapter Twelve of 
The House of The Spirits
Brought to you by Wendy Choi &Kimberly Dojillo
my life [into]before that dayand after thatday," Allende told
Publishers Weekly 
interviewerAmanda Smith. "Inthat moment, Irealized thateverything waspossible—thatviolence was adimension thatyou.
I think I have
In 1973, military forcesdeposed the legallyelected administrationof President SalvadorAllende, Isabel's uncle,
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Minor Character/ New traits introduced:
- General Hurtado wanted a military coup- Esteban respects “democratic rights& freedom of thepress”(343)- Blanca tells Alba, “whatever happened, one should not lower one’sstandard of living” (350)- Miguel believes it is “impossible to defeat the right without aviolent revolution” (354).
Major Symbols…
Chicken, Peasants Revolt in Tres Marías,Civil Services, Class Differences, Colors,Shift of Power, Blanca and Pedro Tercero’sRelationship, P.T.’s guitar, Last namesrelative to a person’s power and rise topower, Corruption & Black Market, food
“The story of the hens who joined forcesto confront a fox who came into the chickencoop every night to steal eggs and eat thebaby chicks” from Chapter Four “The Time of the Spirits” is once again recalled in thischapter, now put into action! Anunidentified third-person narrator first talkabout the “chicken shortage” faced and thatthe cadets themselves are a bunch of “chickens” (349), then later Esteban iscaptured and held as hostage. When Pedro Tercero comes to pick him up, he says thatEsteban is leaving “with his tail between hislegs,” relevant to how the fox was describedas it is chased by the overly abused hens,and Esteban realizes this is the first time hefeels defeated.
-Isabel Allende

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