One Hundred Years of Solitude

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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The son of Fernanda del Carpio and Aurelino Segundo who is sent to Rome to become a priest (and hopefully Pope) though he returns without even having gone to seminary. He befriends children in town and uncovers the gold that Úrsula had hidden in the house, but he is eventually drowned and robbed by the children.

José Arcadio (II) Quotes in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The One Hundred Years of Solitude quotes below are all either spoken by José Arcadio (II) or refer to José Arcadio (II). 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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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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José Arcadio (II) Character Timeline in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The timeline below shows where the character José Arcadio (II) 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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...Aureliano Segundo remembers the afternoon 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... (full context)
Chapter 13 
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José Arcadio (II) prepares to leave for the seminary. Meme prepares to go to the convent to become... (full context)
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José Arcadio (II) leaves for the seminary and Meme is taken to school. Amaranta begins to sew her... (full context)
Chapter 15 
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Fernanda writes to her son José Arcadio (II) to tell him the lie that his sister has died. Fernanda postpones the telepathic operation... (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... (full context)
Chapter 18
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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... (full context)
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José Arcadio (II) restores much of the house, worrying only over the saints on the family altar, which... (full context)
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One night, José Arcadio (II) discovers the sacks of gold that Úrsula had hidden under his bed, and he uses... (full context)
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...only by fear. It is Aureliano Amador, the only surviving son of Colonel Aureliano Buendía. José Arcadio (II) and Aureliano do not understand who he is though and refuse him entry. Two policemen... (full context)
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One September morning, the children with whom José Arcadio (II) had been spending time with invade the house and drown him in the pool, stealing... (full context)