One Hundred Years of Solitude

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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Amaranta Úrsula Character Analysis

Daughter of Fernanda del Carpio and Aureliano Segundo. She and Aureliano are best friends as children, and she does not know that his mother is her sister because Fernanda del Carpio has kept it a secret. She is sent to Europe for school, but she falls in love there and returns married to Gastón. When she has an affair with Aureliano, Gastón leaves her. She dies after giving birth to the final Aureliano.

Amaranta Úrsula Quotes in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The One Hundred Years of Solitude quotes below are all either spoken by Amaranta Úrsula or refer to Amaranta Úrsula. 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 16  Quotes

Úrsula was their most amusing plaything. They looked upon her as a big, broken-down doll that they carried back and forth from one corner to another wrapped in colored cloth and with her face painted with soot and annatto, and once they were on the point of plucking out her eyes with the pruning shears as they had done with the frogs. Nothing gave them as much excitement as the wanderings of her mind. Something, indeed, must have happened to her mind during the third year of the rain, for she was gradually losing her sense of reality and confusing present time with remote periods in her life to the point where, on one occasion, she spent three days weeping deeply over the death of Petronila Iguarán, her great-grandmother, buried for over a century.

Page Number: 327
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Amaranta Úrsula Character Timeline in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The timeline below shows where the character Amaranta Úrsula appears in One Hundred Years of Solitude. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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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...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 that... (full context)
Chapter 15 
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...child in Colonel Aureliano Buendía’s old workshop and tells Santa Sofia de la Piedad and Amaranta Úrsula that she found the child floating in a basket. Even Úrsula never learns the boy’s... (full context)
Chapter 16 
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Amaranta Úrsula and Aureliano think the rainy time is fun, splashing in puddles and playing with the... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Amaranta Úrsula is sent to a small private school and Aureliano is forbidden from attending public school,... (full context)
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...that Fernanda continues to use the wrong words for things. Aureliano Segundo promises to send Amaranta Úrsula to school in Brussels and Aureliano shows no interest in anything outside the front door.... (full context)
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...tells no one, working as hard as he can to earn the money to send Amaranta Úrsula to school as he had promised. He organizes a raffle of the lands decimated by... (full context)
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Two months later Amaranta Úrsula goes to Brussels to stay at a boarding house run by a nun recommended by... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Amaranta Úrsula returns home from Brussels, leading her husband, Gaston, on a silk leash. She arrives with... (full context)
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Even a year after her return, having made no friends and thrown no parties, Amaranta Úrsula remains convinced she can revive Macondo. Gaston can tell that his wife is lost in... (full context)
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...passion is aviation, and they met when he rode his biplane over the convent where Amaranta Úrsula went to school. While Gaston takes to the native food and culture, Amaranta Úrsula eats... (full context)
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Aureliano, still a virgin, feels an attraction to Amaranta Úrsula , who he now knows to be his aunt. Overcome with the agony of listening... (full context)
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Lonely, one day Amaranta Úrsula appears in Aureliano’s room wearing a dress and a fish vertebra necklace she’s made. Aureliano... (full context)
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...to visit her regularly to hear about the history of Macondo. On the afternoon that Amaranta Úrsula rebuffs him, Aureliano runs to the comforts of Pilar Ternera. When he tells her who... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...populated, overrun with noisy red aunts and suffocated by dust and heat, only Aureliano and Amaranta Úrsula are happy, but they are so happy they are believed to be the happiest people... (full context)
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...of anything but love. Suddenly a letter arrives with the news of Gaston’s imminent return. Amaranta Úrsula writes Gaston a letter saying she loves him very much, but that she cannot live... (full context)
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Aureliano and Amaranta Úrsula discover they are expecting a child. Amaranta Úrsula tries to make a business selling her... (full context)
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...the ants and moths and weeds growing and the ghosts traversing the house. One Sunday, Amaranta Úrsula goes into labor. When their son is born, Amaranta Úrsula wants to name him Rodrigo,... (full context)
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...after, he remembers the child, but he cannot find the basket. He wonders if, perhaps, Amaranta Úrsula might not be dead, and might have found the child to care for it, but... (full context)
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...doesn’t notice the doors and windows are being blown off their hinges. He discovers that Amaranta Úrsula is his aunt and the roof flies off. He sees the parchment’s delivery of the... (full context)