In Cuba, Mendieta grew up as a sheltered and a middle class child.
This serene level of self-understanding is counterbalanced by Saras severe struggles with herself: at first in terms of the incompatibility between her pleasurable memories of youth measured against the dissatisfaction with her current status as an upper-middle class (and middle-aged) wife and mother.
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Also, in the end, by her profoundly self-absorbed sense of loss: her girlhood attraction to Bruno proves to be beyond her reach, a realization that binds her permanently to the present.
The sorrowful tears Sara sheds at the storys conclusion could be easily interpreted as mourning for the loss of Bruno in her life, rather than grieving over his own demise.