There, Duarte met Juana. Juana became Duarte’s “mistress” during his time at the estate. The constant insulting and teasing resulted in a tight bond within the family. The illegitimate siblings resembled a tribe because they were so tight-knit. Eva was constantly conflicted about being illegitimate. She was close with her family but, at the same time, she was ashamed to be associated with them.
Eva’s father abandoned her mother and five children, forcing them to live on their own in a single-roomed brick house. Eva’s family was poor. The only thing their family had was a sewing machine which Juana slaved over day and night. Her children would try to get her to stop sewing, but she would respond by saying “I do not have time to stop.”
Eva’s desire to rise from her social status only grew as she got older. Eva and her siblings met her legitimate siblings at her father’s funeral in 1926. This fueled Eva’s fire because Eva dreamed of the day she would grow up to be successful or to be a queen. She wanted to show her father all that she could do; her, an illegitimate child. She was disappointed her father died when she was young, so she could not come find him one day to show off all that she had accomplished. She wished to show her father that she was worth more than her label. Since so much shame came from her label, she desired to show