Fortunata and her husband live with Doña Lupe in their new house on Ave María Street, near the army where Maxi works. It has been a long time since Fortunata last saw Juan Santa Cruz, but he is once again showing signs The two meet again and discreetly resume their relationship, while Maxi Rubín begins to lose his mind.
The situation at Doña Lupe's house, between her and the Rubín couple, becomes unbearable. Maxi, with lost reason, senses that his wife is expecting a child, and says so. Fortunata knows it's true and has no choice but to leave that house. She is going to live with her aunt Segunda at Cava de San Miguel. There she waits for the moment to give birth. Fortunata gives birth to a son. A few days later Maxi, who has come to know the place where he lives, tells him about the last loves of the father of his son. Still weak, Fortunata searches for Juan Santa Cruz's new lover.