Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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Though technically older, Pablo behaves much like a younger brother to Pedro, following his commands and displaying overall a more “imaginative” character. When Pedro served in the military, Pablo remained at home, caring for the family and working as a butcher. But despite his submissive tendencies, it is Pablo, not Pedro, who suggests the brothers persist in their murderous intentions after Colonel Lázaro Aponte takes away their knives.

Pablo Vicario Quotes in Chronicle of a Death Foretold

The Chronicle of a Death Foretold quotes below are all either spoken by Pablo Vicario or refer to Pablo Vicario. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vintage Books edition of Chronicle of a Death Foretold published in 0.
Chapter 3 Quotes

So he put the knife in his hand and dragged him off almost by force in search of their sister’s lost honor.
“There's no way out of this,” he told him. “It's as if it had already happened.”

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), Pablo Vicario
Page Number: 61
Explanation and Analysis:

After their knives are confiscated and their plans foiled by Colonel Lázaro Aponte, the Vicario twins have a disagreement over whether to get new knives and continue on. Pablo, otherwise the more passive of the two, manages to convince Pedro to try again with these words and actions. His assertion that the murder has “already happened” speaks to his worldview, in which he sees the murder as a terrible duty that has befallen him, a duty he has no choice but to fulfill. It also speaks to the larger theme of fate and free will in the novel: from a certain angle, it seems as though Santiago is destined to die, and, consequently, that Pablo and Pedro are destined to kill him. In this sense, Pablo’s claim that he and his brother must kill Santiago because it is destined to happen is a thorny paradox.

In addition, the Narrator’s use of the phrase “in search of their sister’s lost honor” serves to illustrate the futility and the uselessness of the twins’ mission. Angela’s “honor”—whatever that may mean—cannot really be found, and killing Santiago certainly does nothing to find it.

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Pablo Vicario Character Timeline in Chronicle of a Death Foretold

The timeline below shows where the character Pablo Vicario appears in Chronicle of a Death Foretold. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Across the square, in Clotilde Armante’s milk shop, Pedro and Pablo Vicario, twin brothers, lie in wait. They are the men who are going to kill... (full context)
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...the dashing Bayardo San Román, after he discovered that she was not a virgin. Now Pablo and Pedro Vicarioare out to kill Santiago Nasar, who they allege is responsible for deflowering... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...a gift. Thinking this indecent, Angela’s mother, Purísima del Carmen, sent her sons Pedro and Pablo to return the gift to Bayardo. The twins returned later that night, however, drunk, with... (full context)
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...observing a mourning that [is] relaxed in the house but rigorous in the street.” While Pablo and Pedro Vicario are raised to be men, the daughters are taught to be good... (full context)
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...the reception on the terrace of her own modest house, right by the pigsty where Pablo and Pedro slaughter their hogs. Bayardo’s family, accompanied by many people of note, arrive by... (full context)
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...his brother Luis Enrique, Santiago Nasar, and Cristo Bedoya end up at María Alejandrina Cervantes’brothel. Pablo and Pedro Vicario are there as well, and all six of them drink and sing... (full context)
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...has happened, Pura flies into a rage, and savagely beats Angela. She summons Pedro and Pablo back to the house. Pedro, ever the assertive one, asks Angela who took her virginity.... (full context)
Chapter 3
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The Narrator begins the chapter by explaining that when Pablo and Pedro Vicario were eventually tried for the murder, the court upheld their lawyer’s “thesis... (full context)
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While Pedro and Pablo have never demonstrated any remorse for the murder, the Narrator explains that, in reconstructing the... (full context)
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Pablo and Pedro Vicario leave Clotilde’s store. Clotilde sends the beggar woman to warn Victoria Gúzman,... (full context)
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The Narrator explains that, back at their home, Pedro and Pablo Vicario had their first disagreement of the morning. Pedro, who had served in the military... (full context)
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...twins borrow Don Rogelio de la Flor’s shaving instruments. Pedro shaves with his knife, while Pablo uses Don Rogelio’s safety razor. The sun hasn’t risen yet. They wait for the light... (full context)
Chapter 4
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It even smells of Santiago in Pablo and Pedro Vicario’s jail cell. They are there awaiting trial, unable to afford bail. The... (full context)
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...Angela might be in mourning for Santiago. Pura asks Father Amador to confess Pedro and Pablo, but Pedro refuses, claiming that the two have not committed a sin. The twins are... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Yamil Shaium, a old friend of Santiago’s father, Ibrahim, hears that Pedro and Pablo Vicario are plotting to kill Santiago. Of all people Yamil commands the most authority over... (full context)
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As Cristo is passing Clotilde’sstore, Pedro and Pablo Vicario emerge. Pedro looks haggard and unnaturally insolent, brandishing his knife, and Pablo is still... (full context)
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...Lázaro Aponte at the door of a social club and tells him that Pedro and Pablo are after Santiago. The Colonel, who confiscated the twins’ first pair of knives and sent... (full context)
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...chest of letters. Nahir Miguel enters the room. He explains to Santiago in Arabic that Pablo and Pedro are after him. Santiago becomes extremely confused and disoriented. Nahir offers to either... (full context)
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...is accessible through the square, is open, and starts off in that direction. Pedro and Pablo Vicario see him, stand up, and unsheathe their knives. Clotilde Armante grabs Pedro by the... (full context)
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Pedro and Pablo Vicario catch up to Santiago at his door. Santiago turns to face them, and they... (full context)