One Hundred Years of Solitude

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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Amaranta is the only biological daughter of José Arcadio Buendía and Úrsula. She competes with her adopted sister Rebeca for the love of Pietro Crespi, the Italian pianola salesman, and loses, though he returns to her later in life. She denies the affections of all of her suitors though, burning her hand as a symbol of her rejection of passion and wearing a black bandage on her hand as a symbol of her virginity. She maintains her grudge against Rebeca until the very end of her life.

Amaranta Quotes in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The One Hundred Years of Solitude quotes below are all either spoken by Amaranta or refer to Amaranta. 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 HarperCollins edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude published in 1970.
Chapter 6  Quotes

“Don’t be simple, Crespi.” She smiled. “I wouldn’t marry you even if I were dead.”

Pietro Crespi lost control of himself. He wept shamelessly, almost breaking his fingers with desperation, but he could not break her down. “Don’t waste your time,” was all that Amaranta said. “If you really love me so much, don’t set foot in this house again.”

Related Characters: Amaranta, Pietro Crespi
Page Number: 109
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Chapter 12  Quotes

“Quite the opposite,” she said, “I’ve never felt better.”

She had just finished saying it when Fernanda felt a delicate wind of light pull the sheets out of her hands and open them up wide. Amaranta felt a mysterious trembling in the lace on her petticoats and she tried to grasp the sheet so that she would not fall down at the instant in which Remedios the Beauty began to rise. Úrsula, almost blind at the time, was the only person who was sufficiently calm to identify the nature of that determined wind and she left the sheets to the mercy of the light as she watched Remedios the Beauty waving good-bye in the midst of the flapping sheets that rose up with her, abandoning with her the environment of beetles and dahlias and passing through the air with her as four o’clock in the afternoon came to an end, and they were lost forever with her in the upper atmosphere where not even the highest-flying birds of memory could reach her.

Page Number: 236
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Chapter 14  Quotes

Úrsula did not get up again after the nine nights of mourning for Amaranta, Santa Sofia de la Piedad took care of her. She took her meals to her bedroom and annatto water for her to wash in and kept her up to date on everything that happened in Macondo. Aureliano Segundo visited her frequently and he brought her clothing which she would place beside the bed along with the things most indispensible for daily life, so that in a short time she had built up a world within reach of her hand.

Page Number: 283
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Amaranta Character Timeline in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The timeline below shows where the character Amaranta appears in One Hundred Years of Solitude. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 
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Amaranta is born in January, “light and watery, like a newt.” The newer gypsies return to... (full context)
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...of his wife, but after three days of searching, returns empty-handed. He cares for baby Amaranta and Pilar Ternera offers to do the chores, but Aureliano Buendía can tell via his... (full context)
Chapter 3 
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...Buendía. Úrsula expands her business to include breads, puddings and other baked goods. She sees Amaranta and Rebeca in the courtyard and realizes they have become young women. She realizes that... (full context)
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...and José Arcadio Buendía tries to take a picture of the ghost playing. Rebeca and Amaranta are enthralled by the handsome, genteel man. (full context)
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Pietro Crespi returns to repair the pianola and Amaranta and Rebeca assist him. On the last day of his visit, they hold an impromptu... (full context)
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...Ternera. They have sex, but Pilar Ternera offers to talk to Remedios Moscote for him. Amaranta, too, becomes lovesick over Pietro Crespi, though her love is unreturned. Remedios Moscote accepts the... (full context)
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...him to be immortal. Eventually they bury him and have a wake in his honor. Amaranta confesses her love to Pietro Crespi, but he doesn’t return her interest. She promises to... (full context)
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...overpower José Arcadio Buendía and tie him to a tree in the courtyard. Úrsula and Amaranta return and José Arcadio Buendía is still tied to the tree, totally unaware of who... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...on the road, who is perfectly well. The writer of the letter remains unknown, but Amaranta is suspected. (full context)
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Rebeca’s hopes of marriage are revived once Pietro Crespi has returned, but Amaranta suggests that Rebeca wait until the church is built, a process that Rebeca believes might... (full context)
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...and dies, perhaps of a miscarriage of the twins inside of her. At this news, Amaranta thinks better of her plan to poison Rebeca, feeling responsible for Remedios Moscote’s death. Remedios... (full context)
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Pietro Crespi continues to visit the Buendía house, and he and Amaranta seem to be initiating a romance. Pietro Crespi asks Amaranta to marry him, and she... (full context)
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Amaranta and Pietro Crespi have deepened their friendship. Bruno Crespi, Pietro’s younger brother, runs the music... (full context)
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Amaranta burns her hand on hot coals in remorse for the trouble she’s caused. She covers... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Colonel Gerineldo Márquez fell in love with Amaranta before his return. Úrsula advises Amaranta to marry him, but Amaranta refuses, saying he will... (full context)
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Amaranta watches Aureliano José shave for the first time, noting that he is now a man.... (full context)
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Aureliano José deserts the federalist troops and returns home, determined to marry Amaranta. He asks her how long she will wear the black bandage on her hand. She... (full context)
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Amaranta tells Aureliano José that he needs dispensation from the pope to marry his own aunt... (full context)
Chapter 9 
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...Buendía, and he begins to think of him as a stranger. He spends time watching Amaranta sew, in silence. He brings her a prayer book as a gift and she notes... (full context)
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When Amaranta turns down Colonel Gerineldo Márquez for good, he has a call with Colonel Aureliano Buendía... (full context)
Chapter 11 
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...this reasoning. Fernanda is not embraced by the family though, as she refuses to assimilate. Amaranta speaks in gibberish to Fernanda, insulting her and making fun of her way of speaking,... (full context)
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...Aureliano Triste takes him up on the offer. On Ash Wednesday they attend church with Amaranta and receive the sign of the cross on their foreheads. The marks prove permanent for... (full context)
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...family about this, Úrsula can’t believe that Rebeca, who she had forgotten, is still alive. Amaranta is the only one who knew Rebeca survived, her hatred of her adopted sister as... (full context)
Chapter 12 
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...causes in the men who see her. Úrsula insists she eat in the kitchen with Amaranta, keeping her out of sight of the visitors. One day, while she performs her bathing... (full context)
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...week, his sons are hunted down, identified by the mark of ashes on their foreheads. Amaranta records all of their deaths until only the eldest, Aureliano Amador, remains alive. (full context)
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...loved anyone. She determines that he fought only out of sinful pride. She sees that Amaranta’s hardness of heart is actually a version of tenderness, and she pities these two children... (full context)
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José Arcadio (II) leaves for the seminary and Meme is taken to school. Amaranta begins to sew her own burial shroud. José Arcadio Segundo gives up his fighting cocks... (full context)
Chapter 14 
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...still being mourned. Fernanda and Aureliano Segundo have given birth to a new daughter named Amaranta Úrsula. Meme receives her diploma as a clavichordist, and her dedicated skill in this regard... (full context)
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...benefit. Meme returns home one night, drunk and ready to tell off her mother and Amaranta, but instead she lies, telling them how much she loves them, a lie that Amaranta... (full context)
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Meme, similar to Amaranta, is not beautiful, but she is friendly and fun. Aureliano Segundo spoils Meme, redecorating her... (full context)
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The death of Amaranta causes new upheaval. No one in the family has had any idea as to Amaranta’s... (full context)
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...the letters be buried with her. Father Antonio Isabel arrives to deliver last rites to Amaranta, who still seems perfectly well. He asks Amaranta to confess, but she says that her... (full context)
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...again. Santa Sofia de la Piedad takes care of her. From bed, Úrsula teaches little Amaranta Úrsula to read. With all of her time to silently observe and meditate, Úrsula senses... (full context)
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...offers Meme the use of her bed so that she might be united with Mauricio. Amaranta’s death postpones this possibility. On the first evening she is able, she arranges to meet... (full context)