Characterization: Maria Mirabal Step 1: "And you might not know this, Little Book, but I always cry when people laugh at me" (page 31). Maria seems like the most sensitive out of the sisters and she likes to reflect upon herself. Step 2 "Minerva and I take the train home for the holidays. I can't wait! My soul is full of longing all right" (page 32). She's very family oriented and is her happiness.