Jeremiah de Saint-Amour is an Antillean refugee who becomes Dr. Juvenal Urbino’s chess partner and enduring friend. Although Jeremiah is known as a photographer of children and a saintly figure, not much is actually said about his life. Jeremiah’s suicide at the beginning of the novel brings to light the gap that can exist between the appearance one gives of oneself in society and one’s true life. Indeed, through the letter that Jeremiah leaves behind, Dr. Urbino realizes that Jeremiah was a criminal in his home country, condemned to life in prison, and that he even took part in acts of cannibalism. In addition, Jeremiah had a secret lover who lives in the old slave quarters. These discoveries shock Dr. Urbino, who realizes that his friend was more secretive and deceitful than he appeared. Jeremiah de Saint-Amour also serves as a symbol of people’s fear of old age, since he commits suicide at 60 to avoid aging.
Jeremiah de Saint-Amour Character Timeline in Love in the Time of Cholera
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...is known to abide by civic rules, refuses to talk to the Archbishop so that Jeremiah might be buried in sacred religious ground. He counters the police inspector’s praise of Jeremiah... (full context)
...attitude that he has nothing new to tell her: she already knows what happened to Jeremiah. The woman, Jeremiah’s lover, confirms that she was indeed with him before his death. Her... (full context)
On Pentecost Sunday, after making love, they hear church bells ring continuously. Florentino knows that Jeremiah de Saint-Amour had died but concludes that the bells must be ringing for someone more... (full context)