One Hundred Years of Solitude

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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The wife of Aureliano Segundo. She comes to Macondo as the “Queen of Madagascar,” in opposition to Remedios the Beauty’s position as queen of the carnival. She had a proper upbringing, which makes her feel as though she deserves the best in life, but others see her as being nervous and especially formal for Macondo. She tries her best to ignore her husband’s affair with Petra Cotes.

Fernanda del Carpio Quotes in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The One Hundred Years of Solitude quotes below are all either spoken by Fernanda del Carpio or refer to Fernanda del Carpio . 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 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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Fernanda del Carpio Character Timeline in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The timeline below shows where the character Fernanda del Carpio appears in One Hundred Years of Solitude. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10 
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...he meets his son for the first time, naming him José Arcadio (II). His wife, Fernanda Del Carpio agrees with the name. Úrsula believes it might be a bad idea though,... (full context)
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...to be found. Aureliano Segundo carries the second queen to the house. Her name is Fernanda del Carpio, chosen as the most beautiful of 5000 women, and promised that in Macondo... (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... (full context)
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Fernanda is out of her element in Macondo. She had been raised in an insular city.... (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 the home that bears a sign advertising funeral wreaths. With... (full context)
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Shortly before their first child is born, Fernanda realizes that her husband still secretly visits Petra Cotes. Aureliano Segundo claims he must visit... (full context)
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When Fernanda and Aureliano Segundo’s first daughter is born, Fernanda asks that she be called Renata, but... (full context)
Chapter 12 
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One afternoon in March, folding sheets in the yard with Fernanda, Remedios the Beauty becomes pale. She rises up into the sky with the flapping sheets... (full context)
Chapter 13 
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...adept at continuing to function that at times she herself forgets she is blind. When Fernanda loses her wedding ring, it is Úrsula who finds it. She has become aware that... (full context)
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...raised like the Archangel Gabriel, and the family assumes she is suffering from dementia, but Fernanda believes that Úrsula’s words have a prophetic quality. Pilar Ternera, almost 100 years old herself,... (full context)
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...at school and his wife strict, moves all of his operations to Petra Cotes’ house. Fernanda sends over his clothes, too, and Aureliano Segundo celebrates his freedom. He and Petra Cotes... (full context)
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He recovers and continues to live with Petra Cotes, visiting Fernanda every day. When Meme comes home from school, Aureliano Segundo resumes living with Fernanda to... (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... (full context)
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...lies, telling them how much she loves them, a lie that Amaranta sees through, but Fernanda falls for. When Meme wakes later, sick with a hangover, Fernanda calls the doctor and... (full context)
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...spending money as she wants, though she takes even more out of his wallet herself. Fernanda busies herself caring for the new baby and corresponding with “invisible physicians.” She only cares... (full context)
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...Meme is invited to the Saturday dances, the only ones where natives and Americans mingle. Fernanda is appalled that her daughter goes to these dances, but Úrsula sees no issue. Meme... (full context)
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...Segundo returns to Petra Cotes. Amaranta continues to sew her shroud. The invisible doctors diagnose Fernanda with a tumor in her large intestine and schedule a “telepathic operation.” (full context)
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...perfectly well. He asks Amaranta to confess, but she says that her conscience is clean. Fernanda asks what sin could be so bad that she declines to admit it even now,... (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 Meme kissing a... (full context)
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When Mauricio Babilonia visits the house to deliver a package from Meme’s friend, Fernanda notes only that she can tell by his face he is going to die. When... (full context)
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Meme and Mauricio Babilonia make love twice a week for three months. On the night Fernanda catches the young couple kissing in the theater, Aureliano Segundo asks Meme to tell him... (full context)
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...is in a state of upheaval when Meme’s illegitimate son is brought home, and so Fernanda is able to keep the child a secret from everyone. She locks the child in... (full context)
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After Mauricio Babilonia is shot, Meme never speaks again. Fernanda takes Meme to a convent in the somber town where she had been raised. Meme... (full context)
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Fernanda writes to her son José Arcadio (II) to tell him the lie that his sister... (full context)
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He returns home 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... (full context)
Chapter 16 
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...back covered in leeches. Aureliano Segundo, locked in the house with young Aureliano, knows what Fernanda has kept secret from all the others: Aureliano is a true Buendía. Aureliano Segundo shows... (full context)
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Fernanda fears that Aureliano Segundo will want to have sex with her while he is trapped... (full context)
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...for the rain to stop so they might die. The Buendías run low on food. Fernanda’s protests about Aureliano Segundo’s indifference to their needs is emitted as a long drone of... (full context)
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Fernanda goes on humming. The next morning Aureliano Segundo asks for an egg, oblivious that they... (full context)
Chapter 17
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José Arcadio (II) writes Fernanda that he plans to return to Macondo before taking his priestly vows. She commits to... (full context)
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...repair. With Úrsula’s death, the Buendía house also falls into disrepair. The invisible doctors examine Fernanda for hours, but find nothing wrong with her that matches her symptoms. The issue might... (full context)
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...reads her cards and tells him that a tumor has formed in his throat because Fernanda has poorly performed black arts trying to get him to return home. She tells him... (full context)
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...house to deliver the shoes that Aureliano Segundo asked to be buried in. She asks Fernanda if she might see the body, but Fernanda won’t permit it and refuses to take... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...Cotes sends food for the Buendías each week, even depriving herself of food so that Fernanda might eat. She continues this until she sees Fernanda’s funeral procession pass. Santa Sofia de... (full context)
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Fernanda and Aureliano continue living in the house, completely separate from one another. Fernanda perceives the... (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... (full context)