Love in the Time of Cholera

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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Jeremiah de Saint Amour’s Lover Character Analysis

Jeremiah de Saint-Amour had a secret lover who lived in the old slave quarter. This woman, who is biracial (referred to as a “mulatta” in the novel), is deeply devoted to Jeremiah and abides by his post-suicide instructions, demonstrating her love to him by moving on with her life as he told her to. Although Dr. Urbino considers the woman unprincipled because she does not go to Jeremiah’s funeral (which Jeremiah forbade her to do), Fermina Daza tells her husband that this is actually a proof of love. This constitutes a moment in which the differences in Fermina and Dr. Urbino’s conceptions of love are brought to life.
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Jeremiah de Saint Amour’s Lover Character Timeline in Love in the Time of Cholera

The timeline below shows where the character Jeremiah de Saint Amour’s Lover 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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...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 words express warmth... (full context)
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Jeremiah and his lover had met in Port-au-Prince, and the woman later followed him to this city. Dr. Urbino... (full context)
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...though they were only linked by a mutual passion for chess. To Urbino’s consternation that Jeremiah’s lover knew of Jeremiah’s intentions, the woman replies that she would never have reported Jeremiah, out... (full context)
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Jeremiah had told his lover to remember him with a rose. The woman recalls that, the night before, she laid... (full context)
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...and does not understand her husband’s shock. She also argues that, instead of lacking principles, Jeremiah’s lover revealed the depth of her love for him. Frustrated, Dr. Urbino says that what bothers... (full context)