Love in the Time of Cholera

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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The Superior of the Academy of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin, the school where Fermina Daza studies as a teenager, embodies the religious hypocrisy that disgusts Fermina. After seeing Fermina write a love letter to Florentino Daza, Sister Franca de la Luz expels Fermina. Later, however, under social pressure, she intervenes to try to convince Fermina to marry Dr. Juvenal Urbino. This hypocritical act convinces Fermina that members of religious groups are not pious but merely respond to social demands. This leads Fermina to avoid engaging with any religious institution in the future and to keep her religious faith to herself.
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Sister Franca de la Luz Character Timeline in Love in the Time of Cholera

The timeline below shows where the character Sister Franca de la Luz appears in Love in the Time of Cholera. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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Social Norms vs. Personal Fulfillment Theme Icon
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...Lorenzo Daza approaches Florentino and tells him that they need to talk. The week before, Sister Franca de la Luz , the Superior at Fermina’s school, saw that Fermina was secretly writing a love letter.... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Social Norms vs. Personal Fulfillment Theme Icon
Moral Corruption and Cynicism Theme Icon
Finally, Dr. Urbino sends Sister Franca de la Luz , Superior of the Academy of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin. Seeing this woman... (full context)