Love in the Time of Cholera

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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Diego Samaritano (The Ship Captain) Character Analysis

The captain of the New Fidelity, the ship where Fermina Daza and Florentino Ariza take a romantic trip together at the end of the novel. He is an honest, kind man devoted to his principles. Captain Samaritano cares deeply about the preservation of the river and its animal species. He once keeps an American tourist from shooting a manatee and, as punishment, leaves the tourist on shore. Although Samaritano is sent to prison for six months for this deed, he never regrets his actions, thus demonstrating his commitment to ecological issues and his love of animals. Unlike others, he is moved, not disgusted, by the romance that Fermina and Florentino share in spite of their age, thus proving that he values love and tenderness over societal norms.

Diego Samaritano (The Ship Captain) Quotes in Love in the Time of Cholera

The Love in the Time of Cholera quotes below are all either spoken by Diego Samaritano (The Ship Captain) or refer to Diego Samaritano (The Ship Captain). 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 edition of Love in the Time of Cholera published in 2007.
Chapter 6 Quotes

At night they were awakened not by the siren songs of manatees on the sandy banks but by the nauseating stench of corpses floating down to the sea. For there were no more wars or epidemics, but the swollen bodies still floated by. The Captain, for once, was solemn: “We have orders to tell the passengers that they are accidental drowning victims.”

Page Number: 336
Explanation and Analysis:

The Captain looked at Fermina Daza and saw on her eyelashes the first glimmer of wintry frost. Then he looked at Florentino Ariza, his invincible power, his intrepid love, and he was overwhelmed by the belated suspicion that it is life, more than death, that has no limits.

“And how long do you think we can keep up this goddamn coming and going?” he asked.

Florentino Ariza had kept his answer ready for fifty-three years, seven months, and eleven days and nights.

“Forever,” he said.

Related Characters: Florentino Ariza (speaker), Diego Samaritano (The Ship Captain) (speaker), Fermina Daza
Page Number: 348
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Diego Samaritano (The Ship Captain) Character Timeline in Love in the Time of Cholera

The timeline below shows where the character Diego Samaritano (The Ship Captain) appears in Love in the Time of Cholera. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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...he had dressed for her. Both of them blush when they see each other, and Captain Samaritano finds this sight sweet and tender. (full context)
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Captain Samaritano then takes them on a visit along the ship, explaining how it works. He also... (full context)
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...see corpses floating on the river, even though both cholera and the wars have ended. Captain Samaritano tells them that they were people who drowned by accident. The ship is then forced... (full context)
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...have ruined everything. However, they stay together all the time during the next days, and Captain Samaritano serves them aphrodisiac meals as a joke. For the time being, though, they enjoy simply... (full context)
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...Amor.” The ship makes one stop early on in which a beautiful woman, Zenaida Neves, Captain Samaritano ’s lover, walks on the ship. Florentino and Fermina quickly develop an intimate partnership, in... (full context)
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The night before reaching the port, they have a joyful party. Unlike what Captain Samaritano and Zenaida believe, however, Fermina and Florentino do not feel like young lovers. Rather, they... (full context)
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...feelings, realizing in that moment that he had loved her more than he thought. When Captain Samaritano communicates with the port authorities, he realizes that it will be very complicated for them... (full context)
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After listening to Captain Samaritano , Florentino offers an original solution: to sail all the way back to La Dorada.... (full context)