Love in the Time of Cholera

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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A young woman from a newly rich entrepreneurial family, led by her tyrannical father Lorenzo Daza. Fermina Daza impresses everyone—including members of the aristocracy—with her elegance and talent. Authoritative and stubborn, Fermina has an independent spirit and does not like for others to give her orders. This leads her to rebel against her father Lorenzo Daza in her youthful decision to marry Florentino and to stand up to her husband Dr. Juvenal Urbino on occasion. At the same time, when she marries Dr. Urbino, Fermina’s freedom of action is limited by her need to respect the norms of the upper class. This helps to explain why she fails to stand up to Dr. Urbino’s mother Doña Blanca’s contemptuous comments and why she accepts her domestic role at her husband’s service, even if it makes her feel angry and frustrated. Beneath the surface, Fermina’s romantic feelings prove unpredictable. She marries Dr. Juvenal Urbino for uncertain reasons, seemingly accepting that security and wealth are more important than love—and she remains unsure, at the end of the novel, whether what she felt for her husband was ever love. Her attitude toward Florentino Ariza is also ambiguous. She rejects him in their youth for no apparent reason but, despite ignoring him for most of her life, ultimately decides that he is a good partner in old age. Her pragmatic attitude in life also contrasts starkly with Florentino’s desperate romanticism, which she finds annoying. Her own romantic feelings are unpredictable and are subject to abrupt changes. However, Fermina proves capable of enduring feelings of friendship toward her aunt Escolástica and, later, toward her cousin Hildebranda Sánchez.

Fermina Daza Quotes in Love in the Time of Cholera

The Love in the Time of Cholera quotes below are all either spoken by Fermina Daza or refer to Fermina Daza. 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 1 Quotes

No one ever thought that a marriage rooted in such foundations could have any reason not to be happy.

Page Number: 19
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He recognized her despite the uproar, through his tears of unrepeatable sorrow at dying without her, and he looked at her for the last and final time with eyes more luminous, more grief-stricken, more grateful than she had ever seen them in half a century of a shared life, and he managed to say to her with his last breath:

“Only God knows how much I loved you.”

Related Characters: Dr. Juvenal Urbino de la Calle (speaker), Fermina Daza
Page Number: 42-43
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Chapter 2 Quotes

After Florentino Ariza saw her for the first time, his mother knew before he told her because he lost his voice and his appetite and spent the entire night tossing and turning in his bed. But when he began to wait for the answer to his first letter, his anguish was complicated by diarrhea and green vomit, he became disoriented and suffered from sudden fainting spells, and his mother was terrified because his condition did not resemble the turmoil of love so much as the devastation of cholera.

Page Number: 61
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“Take advantage of it now, while you are young, and suffer all you can,” she said to him, “because these things don’t last your whole life.”

Related Characters: Tránsito Ariza (speaker), Florentino Ariza, Fermina Daza
Page Number: 62
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She turned her head and saw, a hand’s breadth from her eyes, those other glacial eyes, that livid face, those lips petrified with fear, just as she had seen them in the crowd at Midnight Mass the first time he was so close to her, but now, instead of the commotion of love, she felt the abyss of disenchantment. In an instant the magnitude of her own mistake was revealed to her, and she asked herself, appalled, how she could have nurtured such a chimera in her heart for so long and with so much ferocity. She just managed to think: My God, poor man! Florentino Ariza smiled, tried to say something, tried to follow her, but she erased him from her life with a wave of her hand.

“No, please,” she said to him. “Forget it.”

Related Characters: Fermina Daza (speaker), Florentino Ariza
Page Number: 102
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Chapter 3 Quotes

She herself had not realized that every step she took from her house to school, every spot in the city, every moment of her recent past, did not seem to exist except by the grace of Florentino Ariza. Hildebranda pointed this out to her, but she did not admit it because she never would have admitted that Florentino Ariza, for better or for worse, was the only thing that had ever happened to her in her life.

Page Number: 132-133
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He was aware that he did not love her. He had married her because he liked her haughtiness, her seriousness, her strength, and also because of some vanity on his part, but as she kissed him for the first time he was sure there would be no obstacle to their inventing true love. They did not speak of it that first night, when they spoke of everything until dawn, nor would they ever speak of it. But in the long run, neither of them had made a mistake.

Page Number: 159
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Chapter 4 Quotes

Instead, she was something she never dared admit even to herself: a deluxe servant. In society she came to be the woman most loved, most catered to, and by the same token most feared, but in nothing was she more demanding or less forgiving than in the management of her house. She always felt as if her life had been lent to her by her husband: she was absolute monarch of a vast empire of happiness, which had been built by him and for him alone. She knew that he loved her above all else, more than anyone else in the world, but only for his own sake: she was in his holy service.

Page Number: 222
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He was a perfect husband: he never picked up anything from the floor, or turned out a light, or closed a door. In the morning darkness, when he found a button missing from his clothes, she would hear him say: “A man should have two wives: one to love and one to sew on his buttons.”

Related Characters: Dr. Juvenal Urbino de la Calle (speaker), Fermina Daza
Page Number: 222
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Over the years they both reached the same wise conclusion by different paths: it was not possible to live together in any other way, or love in any other way, and nothing in this world was more difficult than love.

Page Number: 223
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Chapter 6 Quotes

Still looking at her, he said without warning:

“I am going to marry.”

She looked into his eyes with a flash of uncertainty, her spoon suspended in midair, but then she recovered and smiled.

“That’s a lie,” she said. “Old men don’t marry.”

Page Number: 289
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It had to be a mad dream, one that would give her the courage she would need to discard the prejudices of a class that had not always been hers but had become hers more than anyone’s. It had to teach her to think of love as a state of grace: not the means to anything but the alpha and omega, an end in itself.

Related Characters: Florentino Ariza, Fermina Daza
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Page Number: 293
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One day, at the height of desperation, she had shouted at him: “You don’t understand how unhappy I am.” Unperturbed, he took off his eyeglasses with a characteristic gesture, he flooded her with the transparent waters of his childlike eyes, and in a single phrase he burdened her with the weight of his unbearable wisdom: “Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.” With the first loneliness of her widowhood she had understood that the phrase did not conceal the miserable threat that she had attributed to it at the time, but was the lodestone that had given them both so many happy hours.

Related Characters: Fermina Daza (speaker), Dr. Juvenal Urbino de la Calle (speaker)
Page Number: 300
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“A century ago, life screwed that poor man and me because we were too young, and now they want to do the same thing because we are too old.” She lit a cigarette with the end of the one she was smoking, and then she gave vent to all the poison that was gnawing at her insides.

“They can all go to hell,” she said. “If we widows have any advantage, it is that there is no one left to give us orders.”

Related Characters: Fermina Daza (speaker), Florentino Ariza, Ofelia Urbino Daza
Page Number: 323-324
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She could not conceive of a husband better than hers had been, and yet when she recalled their life she found more difficulties than pleasures, too many mutual misunderstandings, useless arguments, unresolved angers. Suddenly she sighed: “It is incredible how one can be happy for so many years in the midst of so many squabbles, so many problems, damn it, and not really know if it was love or not.”

Related Characters: Fermina Daza (speaker), Dr. Juvenal Urbino de la Calle
Page Number: 329
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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
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It was as if they had leapt over the arduous calvary of conjugal life and gone straight to the heart of love. They were together in silence like an old married couple wary of life, beyond the pitfalls of passion, beyond the brutal mockery of hope and the phantoms of disillusion: beyond love. For they had lived together long enough to know that love was always love, anytime and anyplace, but it was more solid the closer it came to death.

Related Characters: Florentino Ariza, Fermina Daza
Page Number: 345
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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Fermina Daza Character Timeline in Love in the Time of Cholera

The timeline below shows where the character Fermina Daza appears in Love in the Time of Cholera. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...death has arrived, all a doctor can do is alleviate the patient’s suffering. His wife, Fermina Daza, knows his unchanging schedule so well that she can send him a message at... (full context)
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...taste. Its beauty and efficiency makes it obvious that the woman in charge of it, Fermina Daza, is highly competent. Of all the rooms in the house, Dr. Urbino’s library is... (full context)
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Despite his parrot’s exploits, Dr. Urbino hates animals. It is Fermina Daza, his 72-year-old wife, who adores them and has adopted various animals over the years—dogs,... (full context)
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Dr. Urbino accepted Fermina’s trick and now finds the parrot’s progress exciting. The parrot occasionally pronounces sentences that he... (full context)
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In the meantime, Fermina Daza dresses elegantly for the luncheon. Although her loose dress and high-heeled shoes may seem... (full context)
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For many years now, Fermina has dressed Dr. Urbino—at first out of love and later out of necessity. The two... (full context)
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...fought because Dr. Urbino argued that he had spent a week washing without soap, whereas Fermina said that there had always been soap. In truth, there had been no soap for... (full context)
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On Pentecost Sunday, Dr. Urbino shares what he has discovered about Jeremiah de Saint-Amour with Fermina. He says that Jeremiah was condemned to a lifelong prison sentence in his original country... (full context)
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After the speeches have been made and everyone has eaten, Dr. Urbino Daza, Fermina and Juvenal’s son, finally arrives, saying that he was told his house was on fire.... (full context)
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...bad one. However, he also appreciates the sexual peace that old age has brought. While Fermina is cleaning up after the firemen, Dr. Urbino hears his beloved parrot call out. He... (full context)
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Hearing the servant’s scream and then the shouts of their neighbors, Fermina runs out screaming as well. She is deeply shocked to see Dr. Urbino lying on... (full context)
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...move to a nouveaux riches house, instead of his family palace, and his marriage to Fermina Daza, who belonged to the lower classes. Although high society initially scoffed at Fermina, they... (full context)
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Although Fermina is deeply grieved by Dr. Urbino’s death, she also demonstrates authority and self-control. She organizes... (full context)
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After Fermina has said goodbye to all her friends, she prepares to lock herself in her house... (full context)
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It is only after Fermina hears Florentino leave that the full weight of her husband’s death affects her. She cries,... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Florentino Ariza has loved Fermina Daza without ceasing ever since their adolescent relationship. Florentino was the only child of Tránsito... (full context)
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Although Florentino becomes the most sought-after bachelor in his circle, he falls in love with Fermina Daza as soon as he sees her. He is sent to deliver a telegram to... (full context)
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...daughter and his unmarried sister, Escolástica, a 40-year-old woman who took religious vows. Lorenzo’s daughter, Fermina, studied at an expensive religious academy for young elite ladies. This reveals the family’s wealth,... (full context)
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Florentino proceeds to seek Fermina everywhere. He sits in the park next to her house. He writes a long letter... (full context)
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Finally, after spying on Fermina in various locations and believing that she has not noticed him, Florentino boldly walks up... (full context)
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...of his quiet attitude. Florentino also accompanies Lotario to the church choir, where he observes Fermina Daza. (full context)
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...month of waiting, Florentino finally talks to Escolástica, asking her to allow him to see Fermina alone. Impressed by Florentino’s determination, Escolástica believes he is under the influence of the Holy... (full context)
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Fermina then answers Florentino and the two of them fall desperately in love. They think about... (full context)
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Aware of Lorenzo Daza’s domineering attitude, Escolástica allows Fermina to communicate secretly with Florentino. The young lovers hide letters in secret spots. Tránsito becomes... (full context)
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...but is released after three days. After two years of correspondence, Florentino finally proposes to Fermina. After taking a few months to answer, she follows Escolástica’s advice and says yes, adding... (full context)
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...office and is reassured that the practical aspects of his marriage are stable. Florentino and Fermina agree to wait two years before marrying, by which time Fermina will be done with... (full context)
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...C-sections. He feels comfortable there, sharing the women’s everyday lives while staying a virgin for Fermina. (full context)
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Four months before Florentino and Fermina have promised to be engaged, Lorenzo Daza approaches Florentino and tells him that they need... (full context)
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As punishment, Lorenzo sent his sister Escolástica back to Spain. Many years later, Fermina discovered that her aunt had died in a leprosarium. Fermina responded with rage to her... (full context)
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...his speech by asking Florentino to give up the courtship. Florentino then asks Lorenzo what Fermina’s opinion is, since she should decide for herself. However, Lorenzo menacingly says that only men... (full context)
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...city, only mentioning that they are going “to their death.” After Lorenzo threatens to hit Fermina with his belt, she agrees to go on the trip with him. They ride on... (full context)
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They finally reach the town of Valledupar, where Fermina’s mother’s family live. There, Fermina meets her cousin Hildebranda Sánchez. Hildebranda, too, is in love.... (full context)
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Fermina’s father, Lorenzo, in the meantime, assumes that his daughter has forgotten all about her suitor.... (full context)
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In Valledupar, Fermina finds pleasure in spending time with Hildebranda—who is in love with a married man—and realizes... (full context)
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This encourages Florentino to mention his enterprise to Fermina, who believes that this is one of Florentino’s many poetic exaggerations but also worries that... (full context)
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...bathing suits that hide almost their entire body—without being seen, using the spyglass. Later, after Fermina rejected Florentino, he spent many happy moments in the lighthouse. (full context)
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Florentino then suddenly learns that Fermina is returning to the city. That night, he can’t sleep. When Fermina arrives with the... (full context)
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The next day, Fermina goes to the market with Gala Placidia, their black servant from the old slave quarters.... (full context)
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Overwhelmed and fascinated by Fermina’s beauty, Florentino still finds the courage to act quickly and talk to Fermina in the... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...girls’ bets about who might spend time with him, it is only once he meets Fermina Daza that his life changes. (full context)
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...from open trash. However, by then Dr. Urbino is too consumed by his feelings for Fermina Daza that he does not necessarily care about his newfound fame. (full context)
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...love does indeed arise from “a clinical error.” Dr. Urbino is called on to examine Fermina Daza, who is suspected of having cholera. When he arrives, he is impressed by the... (full context)
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The next week, Dr. Juvenal Urbino returns to the house at a time when Fermina’s father is absent. He gives her a brief medical examination through the window, although he... (full context)
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...for him. He invites him inside and forces his daughter to apologize to him. Furious, Fermina curtsies. Dr. Urbino is embarrassed and wants to communicate sympathy to Fermina, but she does... (full context)
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Later, Dr. Urbino serenades Fermina under her window. Simultaneously, her father tries to convince her that Dr. Urbino is a... (full context)
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Fermina receives three more letters over the next months, including an anonymous threat saying that she... (full context)
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...Superior of the Academy of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin. Seeing this woman reminds Fermina of the horrors of that school, which she considers marked by spiritual emptiness. Although Sister... (full context)
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It is only when Hildebranda Sánchez arrives for a visit that Fermina’s life changes. The two of them bathe naked, compare each other’s bodies, and smoke cigars.... (full context)
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Hildebranda is shocked by Fermina’s solitary life. Indeed, Fermina’s life revolves around the routine of taking care of the house,... (full context)
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Hildebranda brings animation to Fermina’s life. As Fermina shows her cousin around the city, it becomes apparent that every place... (full context)
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...the carriage makes various detours while Dr. Urbino tried to have conversation with the women. Fermina is furious and quiet, so Hildebranda plays games with Dr. Urbino. When the women finally... (full context)
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That night, Fermina finds that she cannot sleep well because she is thinking of Dr. Juvenal Urbino constantly.... (full context)
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...victim either of cholera or the civil war. The terrible smell affects his recollection of Fermina. (full context)
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In general, all of Florentino’s thoughts tend toward Fermina. However, one night, when he is walking to the bathroom, someone catches him and pulls... (full context)
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...leaving. This makes him feel lonely. As a result, he returns to his thoughts about Fermina Daza, and feels jealousy for the first time at the thought of her upcoming wedding.... (full context)
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On the event of the boat’s last stop, Florentino imagines Fermina’s wedding for himself, torturing himself with these images, even though he later realizes that he... (full context)
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When Florentino arrives, he is convinced he can smell Fermina Daza’s scent in the air. Then he learns that Fermina is on her honeymoon in... (full context)
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...sends her to her son’s room in the hope that she might make him forget Fermina. Sitting on Florentino’s bed, the woman, who is 28 years old, begins to tell him... (full context)
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Although Florentino is convinced he has all but forgotten Fermina Daza, he once sees her in the streets and is shocked by how elegant she... (full context)
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Fermina seems happy with her decision to marry Dr. Urbino. In Valledupar, she often heard her... (full context)
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Fermina’s husband anticipates her fears and allows her to spend her first three nights on the... (full context)
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That night, as Fermina prepares to sleep in the same bed as her husband for the first time, she... (full context)
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As Dr. Urbino begins kissing her, Fermina explores his body until finding his penis. Then, she prays to herself and begins exploring... (full context)
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Dr. Urbino reflects privately that he does not actually love Fermina but admires her personality—namely, her authoritative attitude and her strength. However, when she kisses him,... (full context)
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At dawn, Fermina is still a virgin. However, the next night, she undresses before he comes to bed.... (full context)
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...European ideas. Dr. Urbino makes sure to find ways to receive books from Europe, and Fermina discovers the elegance of foreign fashion. They also bring back the shared memory of seeing... (full context)
Chapter 4
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When Florentino Ariza sees Fermina and Dr. Urbino so triumphant together, he decides that he will become wealthy and powerful... (full context)
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After work, overwhelmed by his love for Fermina, Florentino begins writing love letters free of charge in the Arcade of the Scribes. He... (full context)
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...changed permanently, and Florentino knows that this is because of his unwavering resolution to win Fermina back. Tránsito Ariza helps him by buying their house, making space for Florentino to have... (full context)
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...the only person with whom Florentino ever feels inclined to share his secret love for Fermina Daza. He realizes that, apart from his mother, the only people who know about his... (full context)
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Dr. Urbino was told once that Florentino had been in love with Fermina, but he had quickly forgotten it, finding the matter uninteresting. In the office, after speaking... (full context)
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...left written proof of his involvement, he risked his life. He believes that he is Fermina Daza’s husband and takes part in sexual affairs without actually betraying her. To explain Florentino’s... (full context)
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...poem to the Poetic Festival but lose. Sara Noriega is furious because she believes that Fermina Daza plotted against her. Florentino, on the other hand, is gloomy because Fermina Daza has... (full context)
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...many pleasant hours with Sara Noriega, feeling happy with her in bed and temporarily forgetting Fermina. As a result, their separation only heightens his longing for Fermina and his desire for... (full context)
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...free they could be to satisfy the needs of their own body. Florentino concludes that Fermina will probably become a widow exactly like these other women. (full context)
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In the meantime, Fermina gives Florentino absolutely no thought. Although she once felt pity for her suitor, she never... (full context)
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It is only once Fermina returns from her honeymoon that she doubts her decision. During the next six years, she... (full context)
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...their case, did not pre-exist their marriage. Dr. Urbino still feels enough love to ask Fermina to wash him, but in such moments, although they feel close, they fail to express... (full context)
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Paradoxically, it is during this difficult period that Fermina and Dr. Urbino seem the happiest. Their main joy derives from their fight against the... (full context)
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Once, Fermina wonders if she would have been happier with Florentino Ariza. That very night, she confides... (full context)
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...old age. Soon, he realizes that 30 years had passed since his youthful adventure with Fermina Daza. (full context)
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Fermina, in the meantime, is convinced that she married the right man. She and Dr. Urbino... (full context)
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At home, Fermina concludes that she is “a deluxe servant,” serving her husband’s needs in their home even... (full context)
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Fermina becomes frustrated by Dr. Urbino’s lack of knowledge about the effort it takes to organize... (full context)
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Regarding Florentino, Fermina feels only pity and guilt. However, she soon becomes affected by nostalgia for the time... (full context)
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To celebrate the advent of the 19th century, Fermina and Dr. Urbino take part in various ceremonies, including a trip in a hot air... (full context)
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...see the couple return from this trip, such public events—and the aging he’s noticed in Fermina—are the true markers of time in his life. He sometimes talks to the couple when... (full context)
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In reality, Fermina has left her home to go visit Hildebranda Sánchez in her province. This is the... (full context)
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The crisis in Fermina and Dr. Urbino’s marriage began when Fermina smelled a strange smell on her husband’s clothes.... (full context)
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Overwhelmed by her secret thoughts, Fermina began to wonder if she was going crazy. However, she also learned that Dr. Urbino... (full context)
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...in the afternoon. Upon examining Dr. Urbino’s documents to find clues about her husband’s behavior, Fermina had found the inscription of the woman’s name but had discarded the possibility that they... (full context)
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...behavior and, concluding that all he needed was someone who understood him, confessed everything to Fermina on the afternoon she mentioned his infidelity. He decided never to see Miss Lynch again,... (full context)
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After Dr. Urbino told Fermina everything about his affair, she was most bothered by the fact that he had told... (full context)
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Five days later, Fermina left for Hildebranda’s province. Although Fermina’s children knew nothing about what had happened, they were... (full context)
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When Fermina arrives at Hildebranda’s, she is shocked to see how fat and aged her cousin has... (full context)
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After Fermina’s return, she and Dr. Urbino go to see a movie, which she says out loud... (full context)
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...he had achieved such a position was thanks to his desire to be worthy of Fermina Daza. (full context)
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...for this moment his entire life. Full of determination, he declares his everlasting love to Fermina Daza. Although he knows his confession could be considered too brutal, he fears losing such... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Although Florentino interprets Fermina Daza’s letter as a proof of love, she wrote it out of pure anger. Her... (full context)
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Despite this gesture, Fermina still feels as much grief as before and misses her husband’s presence. Nevertheless, she resolves... (full context)
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When Fermina saw Florentino with Leona Cassiani in the movie theater, she had been surprised to observe... (full context)
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...had once hoped to marry Florentino, but he had always preferred to remain single for Fermina. She welcomes him, and the two of them chat about the past for hours. Finally,... (full context)
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Florentino decides to apologize to Fermina. After receiving her letter, he was not hurt by her insults but knew that he... (full context)
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Florentino begins writing regular letters to Fermina, satisfied that she has not sent any back. After one month, he numbers them to... (full context)
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...anniversary of Dr. Urbino’s death, Florentino goes to the memorial Mass without being invited. When Fermina sees him, however, she walks up to him and thanks him for coming. She has... (full context)
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...Urbino’s presence is now a soft, supportive one, instead of one marked by patriarchal authority, Fermina feels more secure. She recalls her husband’s words after she had once desperately expressed her... (full context)
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Fermina becomes known as the Widow Urbino, and her children visit her occasionally. She becomes increasingly... (full context)
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Two weeks later, Florentino comes to visit Fermina without announcing himself. Fermina panics but ultimately invites him in, although Florentino has to leave... (full context)
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Two days later, Florentino has tea at Fermina’s house. They talk about various topics, and though Florentino tries to mention their past love... (full context)
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On one occasion, during his regular Tuesday visits, Florentino shows Fermina the photograph of her and  Hildebranda. He had seen it for sale in the market... (full context)
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...old age. Florentino then mentioned that, in Dr. Urbino Daza’s ideal society, both Florentino and Fermina would be ostracized and dead by now. Only then does Dr. Urbino realize the inappropriateness... (full context)
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...tells him to stay in bed for two months. He therefore resumes exchanging letters with Fermina. Annoyed by Florentino’s frequent mentions of the past, Fermina becomes convinced that Florentino cannot accept... (full context)
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After a couple of weeks, Fermina realizes that she misses Florentino’s visits. She becomes convinced that her youthful excitement for Florentino... (full context)
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Fermina also receives a letter from Florentino containing a news clipping that declared that Dr. Juvenal... (full context)
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Florentino then goes to visit Fermina, leaving his bed for the first time in two months. Fermina is seething with rage... (full context)
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Fermina’s daughter Ofelia finds the relationship between Fermina and Florentino utterly revolting. When she tells her... (full context)
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Although Florentino has offered Fermina to go on a boat cruise with him multiple times, it is only after her... (full context)
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Dr. Urbino Daza and his wife accompany Fermina and Florentino to the ship. However, when Florentino announces that he is staying with her,... (full context)
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That night, Florentino and Fermina sit outside her cabin, and Florentino notices that Fermina is crying. When he asks her... (full context)
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Enjoying holding Florentino’s hand in hers, Fermina reflects on her marriage. Although she does not regret marrying Dr. Urbino, she said that... (full context)
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The next day, Fermina sees the late Dr. Urbino saying farewell to her and recalls him once declaring that,... (full context)
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...Although the Captain was sent to prison for six months, he never regretted his act. Fermina concludes that the Captain is an honorable, empathetic man. During the trip, they also pass... (full context)
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Fermina, who has been feeling pain in her ear, does not eat that day and simply... (full context)
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When they go to the observation deck, Fermina takes Florentino’s hand and exclaims that women are strange, which makes her laugh. However, she... (full context)
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During this time, Fermina realizes that she has become deaf in her left ear. Florentino concludes that love becomes... (full context)
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The two of them lie on their back and speak of their lives. Florentino tells Fermina that he stayed virgin for her. Even though she does not believe him, knowing that... (full context)
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Later that day, Florentino returns anyway, ready to make love. Fermina feels compassion for his awkward beginner’s movements, noting that compassion in these cases is not... (full context)
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...later, they arrive at La Dorada, their destination. However, when the ship prepares to return, Fermina panics because she does not want people she knows to walk on board and see... (full context)
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The New Fidelity thus sails back at a rapid pace. To celebrate this felicitous decision, Fermina prepares a special eggplant dish that Florentino calls “Eggplant Al Amor.” The ship makes one... (full context)
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...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 are experiencing feelings at the... (full context)
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The next morning, as they near the port, Fermina realizes that being back in the city will feel like dying. Florentino feels the same... (full context)
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...Florentino offers an original solution: to sail all the way back to La Dorada. When Fermina looks at him, she realizes that he is once again speaking under the inspiration of... (full context)