Love in the Time of Cholera


Gabriel García Márquez

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After exchanging secret messages through pigeons for months, Florentino and Olimpia Zuleta launch an adulterous affair. However, after Florentino paints a message on her skin that she forgets to erase, her husband kills her by slicing her throat with a razor. This episode highlights the dangerous consequences that Florentino’s careless sexual relationships can have on other people’s lives.
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Olimpia Zuleta Character Timeline in Love in the Time of Cholera

The timeline below shows where the character Olimpia Zuleta appears in Love in the Time of Cholera. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
Sex and Morality Theme Icon
During this time, Florentino helps a young woman, Olimpia Zuleta, find her parasol and later takes her back to her house, where she keeps... (full context)
Love Theme Icon
Sex and Morality Theme Icon
Six months after their first meeting, Florentino and Olimpia finally meet to make love in a cabin by the docks. There, Florentino writes on... (full context)
Illness, Mortality, and Hope Theme Icon without him noticing, until he realizes it has been years since his relationship with Olimpia and the death of his mother. When he turns 40, he discovers that he is... (full context)