Chronicle of a Death Foretold

The Visiting Magistrate Character Analysis

Lázaro Aponte, feeling overwhelmed, invites this unnamed magistrate—recently graduated from law school—to investigate the murder. The magistrate is struck by the number of fateful coincidences that led to the killing of Santiago Nasar, and has a penchant for describing everything in terms of literature. In writing his chronicle, the Narrator relies heavily on the Magistrate’s report.

The Visiting Magistrate Quotes in Chronicle of a Death Foretold

The Chronicle of a Death Foretold quotes below are all either spoken by The Visiting Magistrate or refer to The Visiting Magistrate. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage Books edition of Chronicle of a Death Foretold published in 0.
Chapter 1 Quotes

No one could understand such fatal coincidences. The investigating judge who came from Riohacha must have sensed them without daring to admit it, for his impulse to give them a rational explanation was obvious in his report. The door to the square was cited several times with a dime-novel title: “The Fatal Door.”

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), The Visiting Magistrate
Page Number: 12
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 5 Quotes

He was so perplexed by the enigma that fate had touched him with, that he kept falling into lyrical distractions that ran contrary to the rigor of his profession. Most of all, he never thought it legitimate that life should make use of so many coincidences forbidden literature, so that there should be the untrammeled fulfillment of a death so clearly foretold.

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), The Visiting Magistrate
Page Number: 99
Explanation and Analysis:

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The Visiting Magistrate Character Timeline in Chronicle of a Death Foretold

The timeline below shows where the character The Visiting Magistrate 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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...see the Bishop, this is unusual and, as the Narrator explains, later causes the Visiting Magistrate to give the door the pulpy title “The Fateful Door.” There is a simple explanation... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Twelve days after the crime, an investigating Magistrate comes to town to make sense of it all. He is young, recently graduated from... (full context)