Love in the Time of Cholera


Gabriel García Márquez

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Widow Nazaret is the first woman with whom Florentino Ariza has a consensual sexual relationship. After the war destroys her house, Widow Nazaret takes refuge at Florentino and Tránsito Ariza’s home. Although she frequently expresses grief for her husband’s death, she also realizes that his death allows her to develop a sexual life of her own, focused on her pleasure. She takes pride in having become “a whore” thanks to Florentino, and thus embodying the romantic and sexual freedom that women can achieve outside of marriage. The two of them develop a relationship over the next few years and, although they never claim to love each other, she is full of tenderness toward him. She is also the only lover for whom Florentino feels a sense of responsibility. He pays for her funeral after her death.

Widow Nazaret Quotes in Love in the Time of Cholera

The Love in the Time of Cholera quotes below are all either spoken by Widow Nazaret or refer to Widow Nazaret. 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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Chapter 3 Quotes

In this way he learned that she did not want to marry him, but did feel joined to his life because of her immense gratitude to him for having corrupted her. She often said to him:

“I adore you because you made me a whore.”

Said in another way, she was right. Florentino Ariza had stripped her of the virginity of a conventional marriage, more pernicious than congenital virginity or the abstinence of widowhood. He had taught her that nothing one does in bed is immoral if it helps to perpetuate love.

Related Characters: Widow Nazaret (speaker), Florentino Ariza
Page Number: 151
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Widow Nazaret Character Timeline in Love in the Time of Cholera

The timeline below shows where the character Widow Nazaret appears in Love in the Time of Cholera. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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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... (full context)
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Still talking about her husband and her grief, Widow Nazaret concludes that now, at least, she always knows exactly where he is. From then on,... (full context)
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Florentino continues to see Widow Nazaret on a regular basis, and she seeks to imitate love without being bound to it.... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...even from afar, maintaining at least a distant link with them. He remembers Rosalba and Widow Nazaret , the only one for whom he proved responsible as he paid for her funeral... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Illness, Mortality, and Hope Theme Icon her breath, a smell of decay and fermentation that he had already noticed in Widow Nazaret . However, Florentino is overwhelmed by a happiness he has not experienced since his youthful... (full context)