Love in the Time of Cholera

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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Florentino Ariza’s mother is a hard-working, compassionate person who cares deeply for her illegitimate son’s well-being. She proves dedicated to supporting her son’s romantic endeavors and plays an important role in comforting him when he experiences disappointment. After initially encouraging him to court Fermina Daza, after recognizing the feeling of true love in her son, she invites Widow Nazaret to her house so that Florentino can have sex with her in order to forget his unrequited love for Fermina. At the same time, Tránsito uses her savings to rent and then buy the house she lives in, so that Florentino might one day be able to marry Fermina and have children. In this way, Tránsito reiterates her support of her son’s idealized love, thus proving that she, too, might harbor romantic inclinations—and, most importantly, that she will support her son no matter what. At the end of her life, Tránsito loses her memory and is unable to take care of herself, thus exemplifying the fear and humiliation that old age can bring.

Tránsito Ariza Quotes in Love in the Time of Cholera

The Love in the Time of Cholera quotes below are all either spoken by Tránsito Ariza or refer to Tránsito Ariza. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Love in the Time of Cholera published in 2007.
Chapter 2 Quotes

After Florentino Ariza saw her for the first time, his mother knew before he told her because he lost his voice and his appetite and spent the entire night tossing and turning in his bed. But when he began to wait for the answer to his first letter, his anguish was complicated by diarrhea and green vomit, he became disoriented and suffered from sudden fainting spells, and his mother was terrified because his condition did not resemble the turmoil of love so much as the devastation of cholera.

Page Number: 61
Explanation and Analysis:

“Take advantage of it now, while you are young, and suffer all you can,” she said to him, “because these things don’t last your whole life.”

Related Characters: Tránsito Ariza (speaker), Florentino Ariza, Fermina Daza
Page Number: 62
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Tránsito Ariza Character Timeline in Love in the Time of Cholera

The timeline below shows where the character Tránsito Ariza 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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...Fermina Daza without ceasing ever since their adolescent relationship. Florentino was the only child of Tránsito Ariza, who had a brief affair with ship-owner Don Pius V Loayza, who founded the... (full context)
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...affects Florentino’s health. He loses his appetite and suffers from diarrhea, vomiting, and fainting. Although Tránsito knows this to be the consequence of love, Florentino’s symptoms so closely resembled cholera that... (full context)
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...allows Fermina to communicate secretly with Florentino. The young lovers hide letters in secret spots. Tránsito becomes worried by her son’s state, feeling that Florentino is putting his health in jeopardy... (full context)
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Unsurprised by this turn of events, Florentino’s mother, Tránsito, has long negotiated to rent the entire house they live in, instead of sharing it... (full context)
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...Euclides brings so much evidence from the sunken ship that Florentino finally shows them to Tránsito, who immediately realizes that the objects are fake and that Euclides is mocking Florentino. Although... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...soon discovers that Fermina is going to marry the doctor and falls into deep lethargy. Tránsito Ariza organizes for him to move to a new port along the Magdalena river, using... (full context)
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One night, a woman named Widow Nazaret spends time in Tránsito Ariza’s house to take refuge from the war. Tránsito sends her to her son’s room... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...the week before telling him never to return. Uncle Leo XII, however, kept on giving Tránsito Ariza money. (full context)
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...and Florentino knows that this is because of his unwavering resolution to win Fermina back. Tránsito Ariza helps him by buying their house, making space for Florentino to have children. During... (full context)
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...and takes part in sexual affairs without actually betraying her. To explain Florentino’s strange behavior, Tránsito believes he is incapable of love, whereas others believe that Florentino does not like women.... (full context)
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Florentino Ariza has also suffered during this period. His mother, Tránsito, is losing her memory, sometimes forgetting Florentino he is, and he spends a lot of... (full context)
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Tránsito’s death condemns Florentino to his ordinary routine and time passes by without him noticing, until... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Florentino, too, is suffering. He wishes for the presence of Tránsito, who always comforted him, or Leona Cassiani, but he knows that he would have to... (full context)