Love in the Time of Cholera

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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Fermina Daza’s cousin from Valledupar. She is a strong, enthusiastic woman who is desperately in love with a married man. Hildebranda and Fermina develop a long-lasting friendship that is enduring and fulfilling enough to make Fermina realize that it is possible to be happy without romantic love. A passionate woman, Hildebranda encourages Fermina’s romantic pursuits, from Florentino Ariza to Dr. Juvenal Urbino. Her freedom in expressing her emotions and desires leads Fermina to playfully call her “a whore.” Hildebranda’s ranch in the countryside provides a refuge to Fermina when she has marital problems with Dr. Urbino. This visit also constitutes a shock for Fermina, who realizes that her previously beautiful and energetic cousin is now old and fat, confronting Fermina with the horrific reality of aging. Out of desperation over never being with her married lover, Hildebranda marries a man she does not love. In this way, Hildebranda’s experience mirrors Florentino’s unrequited love for Fermina, and thus underlines the sad consequences to which love can lead if it remains non-reciprocal.

Hildebranda Sánchez Quotes in Love in the Time of Cholera

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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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Chapter 2
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...reach the town of Valledupar, where Fermina’s mother’s family live. There, Fermina meets her cousin Hildebranda Sánchez. Hildebranda, too, is in love. She takes care of Fermina, who has terrible ulcers... (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 that it is possible to be happy... (full context)
Chapter 3
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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,... (full context)
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Hildebranda is shocked by Fermina’s solitary life. Indeed, Fermina’s life revolves around the routine of taking... (full context)
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Hildebranda brings animation to Fermina’s life. As Fermina shows her cousin around the city, it becomes... (full context)
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...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 leave, Dr. Urbino grabs Fermina’s ring... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...However, she soon becomes affected by nostalgia for the time she spent with her cousin Hildebranda, to which Florentino is connected. However, she remains devoted to Dr. Urbino, taking care of... (full context)
Chapter 5
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In reality, Fermina has left her home to go visit Hildebranda Sánchez in her province. This is the result not of disease, but of a crisis... (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 not surprised and... (full context)
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When Fermina arrives at Hildebranda’s, she is shocked to see how fat and aged her cousin has become, although she... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...realizes that her efforts to forget him have only made her remember him more. Whenever Hildebranda comes to visit, she always mentions Florentino, pitying him because his situation reminds Hildebranda of... (full context)
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...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 and bought it. Unable to understand... (full context)