Florentino Ariza meets Leona Cassiani in a trolley and immediately identifies her as a “whore.” However, Leona only wants Florentino to find her a job. Once he finds her a position in the River Company of the Caribbean, Leona proves that she is highly intelligent, hard-working, and, most importantly, a deeply devoted friend. She expresses her gratitude toward Florentino by protecting him from enemies in the company, where her talents soon allow her to have control over the entire firm. She is described as “the true woman of [Florentino’s] life,” although Florentino and she never develop a romantic relationship. She argues that Florentino is like a son to her and that the ideal man for her is a man who raped her when she was young—an experience that, surprisingly, left her with fascination and love for her rapist rather than anger. Leona proves faithful and committed by taking care of Florentino Ariza in his old age. She is the first and only woman who allows Florentino to realize that he can have a sincere friendship with a woman that does not involve sex.
Leona Cassiani Character Timeline in Love in the Time of Cholera
The timeline below shows where the character Leona Cassiani appears in Love in the Time of Cholera. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...a movie, which she says out loud is boring. Florentino, who is also there with Leona Cassiani, recognizes her voice. After the event, he sees Fermina leave with her husband, using... (full context)