Love in the Time of Cholera

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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Miss Barbara Lynch Character Analysis

Dr. Juvenal Urbino’s lover is a biracial American woman, a Doctor in Theology, whose father and former husband were Protestant reverends. After seeing Miss Barbara Lynch in the hospital, Dr. Urbino falls madly in love with her and begins an extramarital affair with her. However, he spends little time in her house in order to keep suspicions from arising, and seems more focused on relieving his sexual desire than on paying attention to her feelings and pleasure. Dr. Urbino’s adultery with Miss Barbara Lynch reveals to him that he is not immune to immorality or romantic passion but, rather, that he can feel for other women a deeply intense love he has never experienced with his wife Fermina Daza. It also exposes Fermina Daza’s racism, since she never suspected her husband could be attracted to a non-white woman.
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Miss Barbara Lynch Character Timeline in Love in the Time of Cholera

The timeline below shows where the character Miss Barbara Lynch appears in Love in the Time of Cholera. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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...the conversation. Instead of feeling desperate fear, Dr. Urbino experienced relief, as his relationship with Miss Barbara Lynch could finally come to light. (full context)
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Dr. Urbino had seen Miss Barbara Lynch , a tall “mulatta,” in the hospital. Fascinated by her, he observed her medical examination,... (full context)
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Miss Lynch , who is 28 years old, was the only child of a black Protestant Reverend... (full context)
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The next day, Dr. Urbino examined Miss Lynch , taking part in a gynecological exam in which he proceeded to touch her in... (full context)
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During their relationship, Miss Lynch wanted love and her reputation safeguarded. She allowed Dr. Urbino to repeat his auscultation but... (full context)
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...everything to Fermina on the afternoon she mentioned his infidelity. He decided never to see Miss Lynch again, although he sent her a tiara. He suffered in silence and told his confessor... (full context)