One Hundred Years of Solitude

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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The daughter of Santa Sophia de la Piedad and Arcadio goes unnamed for eight months of her life until her father’s execution. She takes on the latter half of her name when she begins attending school. She remains simple-minded and oblivious to the effect she has on men for her entire life, even as men kill themselves in want of her. One afternoon she ascends to heaven and is never seen again.

Remedios the Beauty Quotes in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The One Hundred Years of Solitude quotes below are all either spoken by Remedios the Beauty or refer to Remedios the Beauty. 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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Remedios the Beauty Character Timeline in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The timeline below shows where the character Remedios the Beauty appears in One Hundred Years of Solitude. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9 
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Solitude Theme Icon
Propriety, Sexuality, and Incest Theme Icon
José Arcadio Segundo and Aureliano Segundo operate as mirrors of each other. Remedios the Beauty wanders the house naked. Colonel Aureliano Buendía looks at his mother, and all that she... (full context)
The Circularity of Time Theme Icon
Progress and Civilization Theme Icon
...Úrsula puts the guards to work helping around the house, and one, driven crazy by Remedios the Beauty ’s lack of interest, kills himself in her honor. (full context)
Chapter 10 
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Propriety, Sexuality, and Incest Theme Icon
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Remedios the Beauty is named queen of the carnival. Úrsula thinks this is a bad idea as she... (full context)
Chapter 12 
The Circularity of Time Theme Icon
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Progress and Civilization Theme Icon
Propriety, Sexuality, and Incest Theme Icon
...Colonel Aureliano Buendía’s fifteen remote sons return because, they say, everyone is coming to Macondo. Remedios the Beauty remains unchanged and serene. She sews herself a simple cassock to wear so that she... (full context)
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Propriety, Sexuality, and Incest Theme Icon
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Remedios the Beauty has no idea of the calamity she causes in the men who see her. Úrsula... (full context)
The Circularity of Time Theme Icon
Solitude Theme Icon
Propriety, Sexuality, and Incest Theme Icon
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Remedios the Beauty and her friends go to look at the new plantings. The men working the fields... (full context)
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Propriety, Sexuality, and Incest Theme Icon
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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 around her, disappearing.... (full context)