Crack The Character-Maria Teresa. 4.) "I've gotten so thin, I've had to take in the waistbands of all my panties and stuff the cups of my brassiere with habkerchiefs" (Alvarez 235). Mate's unhealthy mindest is being reflected also in her wieght. She isn't the full of life girl anymore, now she's a women fighting for what is right no matter the circumstances she faces. Her thinness is reflecting the sacrifices she's made and the malnourishment of being in a cell.