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As they reach adulthood, Jaime and Nicolas disturb any clear dichotomy between male and female characteristics. Up until this point, the upper class men of the new generation have been conservative, while the peasant men and all of the women have been liberal. Jaime in his political liberalism and Nicolas in his social liberalism disturb this gender division.Esteban Trueba has been an incredibly violent man his entire life, especially toward women. Although no one has ever condoned his actions, he has not ever been severely punished for them. In this chapter, Esteban begins to feel the results of his violence. From this point on, he will increasingly feel those results. He begins to feel remorse for his angry outbursts, but always too late. Esteban suffers greatly from Clara's refusal to speak to him, or to allow him to touch her, but he does not curb his violence. After learning of Blanca's pregnancy, Esteban seeks revenge on Pedro Tercero. That revenge is the most direct source of the chapter's title. However, in wreaking revenge on Pedro Tercero, Esteban also learns that revenge is not as simple or as satisfying as he wishes. In addition, all of those who Esteban has wronged begin to get revenge on him. Esteban Garcia reappears. His character and his need for revenge have been shadow details since Esteban's first rape of Pancha. Esteban Garcia reveals himself not only to harbor a vengeful wish against Esteban Trueba, but also to be a traitor. It may be in turning against Pedro Tercero that Esteban Garcia was attempting to ally himself with Esteban Trueba. In that case, the action would not clearly situate Esteban Garcia as a traitor. However, if Esteban Trueba's accusation does not reflect a current situation, it creates and predicts a future one.Chapter 7, The BrothersSummaryBack in the city, Clara puts Blanca to work helping her out around the house and resumes her psychic pursuits with the three Mora sisters and any number of others who wander through. When Jaime and Nicolas finish high school, they return to the big house on the corner. Jaime enters the university to study medicine, and Nicolas searches "for his destiny". Although she has never been very close to her two sons, Clara builds a comfortable adult relationship with them. Jaime finally notices that Blanca is pregnant and tells Clara, who already knew. Blanca admits it as well. Nicolas feels that they ought to tell their father and sends him a telegram. Esteban is again infuriated, but this time he takes slightly calmer action. He finds Jean de Satigny and informs him that he must now marry Blanca, in return for access to the family money. Esteban and Jean de Satigny come to the city. Blanca at first refuses, but acquiesces when Esteban tells her that he has killed Pedro Tercero. Esteban devises an outrageously ostentatious wedding with such a huge gown for Blanca that no one notices her pregnancy. After the marriage, Esteban sends Blanca and Jean de Satigny to the North. Before they leave, Clara tells Blanca that she is sure Pedro Tercero is alive.
Esteban stays on in the house in the city, getting involved in politics with the Conservative Party.