One Hundred Years of Solitude

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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The illegitimate son of Meme and Mauricio Babilonia. Fernanda del Carpio raises him in secret, and his parentage is kept from the rest of the family. Aureliano tries to decipher the manuscript left by Melquíades and he succeeds, discovering that it is the narrative of the Buendía family. He falls in love with his aunt (though he doesn’t know she is his aunt) Amaranta Úrsula, and with her, produces the final Buendía, also named Aureliano.

Aureliano Quotes in One Hundred Years of Solitude

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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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Chapter 18 Quotes

At first he attributed it to that the fact that Aureliano could speak about Rome as if he had lived there many years, but he soon became aware that he knew things that were not in the encyclopedias, such as the price of the items. “Everything is known,” was the only reply he received from Aureliano when he asked him where he had got that information from. Aureliano, for his part, was surprised that José Arcadio when seen from close by was so different from the image that he had formed of him when he saw him wandering through the house. He was capable of laughing, of allowing himself from time to time a feeling of nostalgia for the past of the house, and of showing concern for the state of misery present in Melquíades’ room. That drawing closer together of two solitary people of the same blood was far from friendship, but it did allow them both to bear up better under the unfathomable solitude that separated and united them at the same time.

Related Characters: José Arcadio (II), Aureliano
Page Number: 373
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Chapter 20 Quotes

And then he saw the child. It was a dry and bloated bag of skin that all the ants in the world were dragging toward their holes along the stone path in the garden. Aureliano could not move. Not because he was paralyzed by horror but because at that prodigious instant Melquíades’ final keys were revealed to him and he saw the epigraph of the parchments perfectly placed in the order of man’s time and space: The first of the line is tied to a tree and the last is being eaten by the ants.

Related Characters: Melquíades, Aureliano
Page Number: 415
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Macondo was already a fearful whirlwind of dust and rubble being spun about by the wrath of the biblical hurricane when Aureliano skipped eleven pages so as not to lose time with facts he knew only too well, and he began to decipher the instant that he was living, deciphering it as he lived it, prophesying himself in the act of deciphering the last page of the parchments, as if he were looking into a speaking mirror. Then he skipped again to anticipate the predictions and ascertain the date and circumstances of his death. Before reaching the final line, however, he had already understood that he would never leave that room, for it was foreseen that the city of mirrors (or mirages) would be wiped out by the wind and exiled from the memory of men at the precise moment when Aureliano Babilonia would finish deciphering the parchments, and that everything written on them was unrepeatable since time immemorial and forever more, because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth.

Related Characters: Aureliano
Page Number: 417
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Aureliano Character Timeline in One Hundred Years of Solitude

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Amaranta watches Aureliano José shave for the first time, noting that he is now a man. Aureliano José... (full context)
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...in her tribe for fear of the insomnia. She wanted her savings sent to Colonel Aureliano Buendía, but Úrsula doesn’t send them, having heard a rumor that the colonel has been... (full context)
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...married Amparo Moscote. Don Melchor Escalona is put in charge of the newly rebuilt school. Aureliano Segundo and José Arcadio Segundo are among the first students. The young Remedios is given... (full context)
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Aureliano José deserts the federalist troops and returns home, determined to marry Amaranta. He asks her... (full context)
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Amaranta tells Aureliano José that he needs dispensation from the pope to marry his own aunt and that... (full context)
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A woman arrives with a child she claims is the son of Colonel Aureliano Buendía, born with his eyes open and resembling his father. They christen him Aureliano with... (full context)
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Aureliano José begins to behave badly, sacking Úrsula’s money and gadding about town. He learns that... (full context)
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...too hotheaded on their own. The regime won’t admit to a state of war. Colonel Aureliano Buendía seizes two states on the coast and returns to attack Macondo. General Moncada is... (full context)
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Colonel Aureliano Buendía replaces all of the Conservative laws with new ones. He reverts all the land... (full context)
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...execution of all of the regular army officers, including José Raquel Moncada. Úrsula begs Colonel Aureliano Buendía not to follow through, saying that the town had been its most peaceful under... (full context)
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...able to keep the child a secret from everyone. She locks the child in Colonel Aureliano Buendía’s old workshop and tells Santa Sofia de la Piedad and Amaranta Úrsula that she... (full context)
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...tumor, but a nun appears with a basket containing Meme’s son, baptized with the name Aureliano. Fernanda plans to drown the child in a cistern, but, in the end, she can’t... (full context)
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...and Santa Sofia de la Piedad hides him from Fernanda in the chamber pot room. Aureliano Segundo is also in the Buendía house, having been trapped there by the rain. He... (full context)
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...thoroughly search it. An officer asks if he can take a golden fish from Colonel Aureliano Buendía’s workshop as a relic. They ask to search Melquíades’s room again and turn on... (full context)
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...inside. He peruses the inscrutable manuscripts of Melquíades. Six months later, as the rain continues, Aureliano Segundo unlocks the door, looking for someone to talk to. The smell of the chamber... (full context)
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The rain last for four years, eleven months and two days. Aureliano Segundo stays home for the entire time and slowly loses weight. Everything in the house... (full context)
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Fernanda fears that Aureliano Segundo will want to have sex with her while he is trapped at home, but... (full context)
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Aureliano Segundo goes to the home of Petra Cotes to check on the animals, but they... (full context)
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Fernanda goes on humming. The next morning Aureliano Segundo asks for an egg, oblivious that they ran out of eggs sometime before, and... (full context)
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Amaranta Úrsula and Aureliano think the rainy time is fun, splashing in puddles and playing with the senile Úrsula.... (full context)
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Aureliano Segundo remembers that there is a large fortune buried somewhere on the property, waiting for... (full context)
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...ten years. Macondo is in ruins. The banana plantation and city has been deserted. When Aureliano Segundo finally returns to Petra Cotes, he is so thin that she is convinced he... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...own sayings back to her: “What did you expect? Time passes.” She responds with Colonel Aureliano Buendía’s reply, “That’s how it goes, but not so much,” and realizes that time is... (full context)
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...that the house be opened to visitors again, but Fernanda insists the house remain closed. Aureliano Segundo goes around town selling raffle tickets for Petra Cotes, but he doesn’t realize that... (full context)
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Amaranta Úrsula is sent to a small private school and Aureliano is forbidden from attending public school, continuing his sequestration in the house. One afternoon Úrsula... (full context)
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Rebeca dies at the end of the year. Aureliano Segundo tries to fix up her house to sell it, but it proves beyond repair.... (full context)
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Aureliano Segundo feels a knot in his throat. He visits Pilar Ternera, now one hundred years... (full context)
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...Amaranta Úrsula refuses it. Amaranta Úrsula, waving from the train car, will be the way Aureliano Segundo remembers her a few months later, at his hour of death. On the ninth... (full context)
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Petra Cotes visits the Buendía house to deliver the shoes that Aureliano Segundo asked to be buried in. She asks Fernanda if she might see the body,... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Aureliano doesn’t leave Melquíades’s laboratory for a long time. Santa Sofia de la Piedad sees to... (full context)
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...to battle these natural forces, she packs a bag and leaves, saying, “I give up.” Aureliano gives her fourteen gold fishes to support herself. She is never heard from again. (full context)
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Fernanda and Aureliano continue living in the house, completely separate from one another. Fernanda perceives the presence of... (full context)
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Four months later, when José Arcadio (II) finally returns, Fernanda remains intact because Aureliano has boiled mercury to preserve her body. José Arcadio kisses the corpse and takes a... (full context)
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...to welcome the children of the neighborhood to the house to play. One afternoon, while Aureliano is in the kitchen, the children are about to shred the manuscripts in his workshop,... (full context)
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...mirror. He chases the children out of the house and suffers and asthma attack, begging Aureliano to go to the pharmacy to get him his medicine. Aureliano leaves the house for... (full context)
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...of ashes on his forehead arrives in tatters, kept alive only by fear. It is Aureliano Amador, the only surviving son of Colonel Aureliano Buendía. José Arcadio (II) and Aureliano do... (full context)
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...invade the house and drown him in the pool, stealing the rest of the gold. Aureliano finds him later that afternoon, and finally realizes how much he had grown to love... (full context)
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Gaston visits Aureliano and gets the sense that he uses the books he buys at the Catalonian’s store... (full context)
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Aureliano wanders Macondo, trying to reconstruct a memory of what the town might have been like... (full context)
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Aureliano, still a virgin, feels an attraction to Amaranta Úrsula, who he now knows to be... (full context)
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One afternoon at the Catalonian’s store, Aureliano joins the conversation of four young men discussing methods of killing cockroaches in the Middle... (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 tells her about... (full context)
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One of Aureliano’s friends tells them about a zoological brothel which they go to visit. Outside the entrance,... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...taught them and to leave Macondo. All of the young men, with the exception of Aureliano, follow his advice. The last to remain is Gabriel, who enters a contest to go... (full context)
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...so sparsely 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... (full context)
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...Gaston a letter saying she loves him very much, but that she cannot live without Aureliano. Gaston sends them a calm letter back warning them about the dangers of passion, but... (full context)
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Aureliano and Amaranta Úrsula discover they are expecting a child. Amaranta Úrsula tries to make a... (full context)
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A letter arrives from Barcelona in a hand other than the Catalonian’s and Aureliano refuses to open it, not wanting to know the news it contains. No additional letters... (full context)
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...into labor. When their son is born, Amaranta Úrsula wants to name him Rodrigo, but Aureliano says they will name him Aureliano. When the midwife cleans off the newborn, they find... (full context)
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Aureliano covers her face, puts the child in a basket and wanders town, looking for a... (full context)
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...it had happened in a single instant instead of in the order of conventional time. Aureliano skips ahead, impatient to learn his own destiny. The winds pick up. Aureliano is so... (full context)