One Hundred Years of Solitude

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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The twin of José Arcadio Segundo and son of Santa Sofia de la Piedad and Arcadio. Aureliano grows to be a fat hedonist, loving orgies and behaving recklessly. He marries Fernanda del Carpio, a woman from another town whom he admires in a carnival parade, but they are ill-suited, as she is far more mannered than he is. Aureliano Segundo carries on a lifelong affair with Petra Cotes, and the passion of their relationship is contagious to the livestock they raise together, making Aureliano Segundo a very wealthy man. Úrsula speculates that Aureliano Segundo and José Arcadio Segundo switched identities as children because they both so accurately match the temperament associated with the other’s name.

Aureliano Segundo Quotes in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The One Hundred Years of Solitude quotes below are all either spoken by Aureliano Segundo or refer to Aureliano Segundo. 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 10  Quotes

From then on he was never sure who was who. Even when they grew up and life made them different, Úrsula still wondered if they themselves might not have made a mistake in some moment of their intricate game of confusion and had become changed forever.

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Page Number: 182
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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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Chapter 17 Quotes

From very early in the morning he could be seen going through the town, even in the most outlying and miserable sections, trying to sell tickets with an anxiety that could only be conceivable in a dying man. “Here’s Divine Providence,” he hawked. “Don’t let it get away, because it only comes every hundred years.”

Related Characters: Aureliano Segundo
Page Number: 350
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Aureliano Segundo Character Timeline in One Hundred Years of Solitude

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Chapter 7
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...before. The girl’s name is Remedios, and the boys are named José Arcadio Segundo and Aureliano Segundo . (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 the... (full context)
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José Arcadio Segundo and Aureliano Segundo operate as mirrors of each other. Remedios the Beauty wanders the house naked. Colonel Aureliano... (full context)
Chapter 10 
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Years later, on his deathbed, Aureliano Segundo remembers the afternoon he meets his son for the first time, naming him José Arcadio... (full context)
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Aureliano Segundo shuts himself up on Melquíades’ laboratory, reading a book of the fantastic stories he told,... (full context)
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...into fighting matches. Úrsula notes how different the twins have become despite their similar looks. Aureliano Segundo is approached on the street by a young woman who believes he is his brother,... (full context)
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...positive. She vows that no children will receive these same two names again, but when Aureliano Segundo denies this request, she demands that she raise the child herself. By this point she... (full context)
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Aureliano Segundo tries to learn how to create the gold fishes from Colonel Aureliano Buendía, but he... (full context)
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...has a sense of déjà vu, as though she has already witnessed this same pursuit. Aureliano Segundo gives his brother the money he needs to finish the project. José Arcadio Segundo is... (full context)
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...arrives who appears to possess real authority, dressed in an emerald crown and ermine cape. Aureliano Segundo seats the two queens beside each other. A cry goes out in support of the... (full context)
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The marriage of Fernanda del Carpio and Aureliano Segundo is nearly broken up when Aureliano Segundo allows Petra Cotes to dress as the Queen... (full context)
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After the carnival, Aureliano Segundo has little to go on in his search for Fernanda. Eventually he finds her inside... (full context)
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...their first child is born, Fernanda realizes that her husband still secretly visits Petra Cotes. Aureliano Segundo claims he must visit her so that the animals will remain fertile, and in time... (full context)
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When Fernanda and Aureliano Segundo ’s first daughter is born, Fernanda asks that she be called Renata, but Úrsula has... (full context)
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...Buendía, but none of the family attend. Seventeen men arrive to Macondo for the celebration. Aureliano Segundo throws them a party. Colonel Aureliano Buendía is skeptical of the men claiming to be... (full context)
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...one who knew Rebeca survived, her hatred of her adopted sister as strong as ever. Aureliano Segundo attempts to return Rebeca to the Buendía house, but she insists on remaining in her... (full context)
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Aureliano Segundo donates the money needed to develop the railroad. Aureliano Triste leaves to enact his plan... (full context)
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...Segundo gives up his fighting cocks and takes a job working for the banana company. Aureliano Segundo , his children away at school and his wife strict, moves all of his operations... (full context)
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Aureliano Segundo grows fat with all the revelry and spends his money carelessly. Competitive eaters show up... (full context)
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...to live with Petra Cotes, visiting Fernanda every day. When Meme comes home from school, Aureliano Segundo resumes living with Fernanda to give the illusion of an intact family life. Aureliano Segundo... (full context)
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...with Pilar Ternera and often with the French matrons. Úrsula sees José Arcadio Segundo and Aureliano Segundo as the only two members of the family who have a true affinity for one... (full context)
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Meme’s last vacations home occur while Colonel Aureliano Buendía is still being mourned. Fernanda and Aureliano Segundo have given birth to a new daughter named Amaranta Úrsula. Meme receives her diploma as... (full context)
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...in bed for close to a week, though Úrsula is wise to Meme’s true ailment. Aureliano Segundo can also tell what Meme is suffering from and he recommits to spending more time... (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 bedroom and giving her as much spending money as she wants,... (full context)
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Aureliano Segundo , proud, buys Meme a six-volume English encyclopedia. She spends the time she once spent... (full context)
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One night Meme says that she is going to the movies with Aureliano Segundo , but Fernanda hears him playing the accordion. Fernanda goes to the theater and sees... (full context)
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...for three months. On the night Fernanda catches the young couple kissing in the theater, Aureliano Segundo asks Meme to tell him what’s going on, but she refuses. He believes their bond... (full context)
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...found the child floating in a basket. Even Úrsula never learns the boy’s true origin. Aureliano Segundo is ignorant of his grandson for three years, until he escapes his room and appears... (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 visits... (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 pots... (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 is... (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 she... (full context)
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Aureliano Segundo goes to the home of Petra Cotes to check on the animals, but they have... (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 Fernanda... (full context)
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Aureliano Segundo remembers that there is a large fortune buried somewhere on the property, waiting for its... (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 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 the... (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. With... (full context)
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Aureliano Segundo feels a knot in his throat. He visits Pilar Ternera, now one hundred years old... (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 of... (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, but... (full context)