One Hundred Years of Solitude

by

Gabriel García Márquez

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The matriarch of the Buendía family: wife of José Arcadio Buendía and mother to Colonel Aureliano Buendía, José Arcadio (I), and Amaranta. She is a hard worker, dedicated to the development of her business making candy animals and other confections. She is the character most afraid of the warning that intermarrying will produce a child with the tail of a pig, a fear she spreads for generations. She is also one of the characters who can most clearly see the cycles the family goes through, recognizing the traits associated with the names Aureliano and José Arcadio. She becomes senile in her old age, but lives to be over 120 years old.

Úrsula Iguarán Quotes in One Hundred Years of Solitude

The One Hundred Years of Solitude quotes below are all either spoken by Úrsula Iguarán or refer to Úrsula Iguarán . 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 1  Quotes

“We will not leave,” she said. “We will stay here, because we have had a son here.”

“We still have not had a death,” he said. “A person does not belong to a place until there is someone dead under the ground.”

Úrsula replied with a soft firmness:

“If I have to die for the rest of you to stay here, I will die.”

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Chapter 2  Quotes

They were afraid that those two healthy products of two races that had interbred over the centuries would suffer the shame of breeding iguanas. There had already been a horrible precedent. An aunt of Úrsula’s, married to an uncle of José Arcadio Buendía, had a son who went through life wearing loose, baggy trousers and who bled to death after having lived forty-two years in the purest state of virginity, for he had been born and had grown up with a cartilaginous tail in the shape of a corkscrew and with a small tuft of hair on the tip. A pig’s tail that was never to be seen by any woman and that cost him his life when a butcher friend did him the favor of chopping it off with his cleaver. José Arcadio Buendía, with the whimsy of his nineteen years, resolved the problem with a single phrase: “I don’t care if I have piglets as long as they can talk.”

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Page Number: 20
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Chapter 7 Quotes

As soon as José Arcadio closed the bedroom door the sounds of a pistol shot echoed through the house. A trickle of blood came out under the door, crossed the living room, went out into the street, continued on in a straight line across the uneven terraces, went down steps and climbed over curbs, passed along the Street of the Turks, turned a corner to the right and another to the left, made a right angle at the Buendía house, went in under the closed door, crossed through the parlor, hugging the walls so as not to stain the rugs, went on to the other living room, made a wide curve to avoid the dining-room table, went along the porch with the begonias, and passed without being seen under Amaranta’s chair as she gave an arithmetic lesson to Aureliano José, and went through the pantry and came out in the kitchen where Úrsula was getting ready to crack thirty-six eggs to make bread.

“Holy Mother of God!” Úrsula shouted.

Related Characters: Úrsula Iguarán , José Arcadio (I)
Page Number: 132
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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 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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Chapter 13  Quotes

She did not tell anyone about it because it would have been a public recognition of her uselessness. She concentrated on a silent schooling in the distances of things and people’s voices, so that she would still be able to see with her memory what the shadows of her cataracts no longer allowed her to.

Related Characters: Úrsula Iguarán
Page Number: 246
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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 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.

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Chapter 1 
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...two of the magnets, believing he can use them to pull gold from the earth. Úrsula Iguarán  tries to dissuade him, but she cannot. (full context)
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...glass as a weapon and trades in the magnets and some of the gold coins Úrsula had buried beneath her bed for the glass. He performs experiments and sends the magnifying... (full context)
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José Arcadio Buendía convinces Úrsula to share her gold coins with him so he might double them via his newly... (full context)
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...Arcadio Buendía, who was once so cheerful and hardworking, becomes distracted by these newest technologies.  Úrsula remains a hard worker, helping all the others in town establish their lives, as well.... (full context)
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...laments his choice of location for the city, and begins to pack to leave, but Úrsula tells him they will not leave because they had a son here. José Arcadio Buendía... (full context)
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Time flashes back to Úrsula’s great-great-grandmother in the sixteenth century who burned herself badly when Pirate Sir Francis Drake attached... (full context)
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Úrsula’s mother makes her a chastity belt which she wears to bed for several months, and... (full context)
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...set out across the mountains in search of new land. Fourteen months into the journey, Úrsula gives birth to a son without any deformations. After two years of wandering, they find... (full context)
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...for the art of alchemy and he and José Arcadio Buendía set out to separate Úrsula’s gold from the bottom of the pot. José Arcadio (I) takes little interest, maturing into... (full context)
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...visits her at night. Aureliano Buendía and José Arcadio Buendía announce that they have separated Úrsula’s gold. José Arcadio tells Aureliano about his affair with Pilar Ternera, and the two brothers... (full context)
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Úrsula tries to find José Arcadio (I), but she ends up wandering very far away. José... (full context)
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...son is brought to the Buendía house when he is just two weeks old and Úrsula welcomes him in at José Arcadio Buendía’s urging, but they decide he will never know... (full context)
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Aureliano Buendía stays alone in the lab teaching himself the art of silver-smithing. He tells Úrsula that he can sense someone is coming though he doesn’t know who. That Sunday, an... (full context)
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...superstitious, but Ursula takes precautions to protect the other children. Soon enough, José Arcadio Buendía, Úrsula and Aureliano Buendía all find themselves unable to sleep for several days. They dream while... (full context)
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...woman yet. A two-hundred-year-old troubadour visits town, singing the stories of the surrounding communities, and Úrsula learns that her mother has died. Listening to the old man’s song one night at... (full context)
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...interpretation of Nostradamus, but José Arcadio Buendía denies that Macondo could exist without a Buendía. Úrsula expands her business to include breads, puddings and other baked goods. She sees Amaranta and... (full context)
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Úrsula plans a dance to inaugurate the newly renovated house, ordering a pianola to provide the... (full context)
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...it works. Though he tries to put it back together, the instrument doesn’t work when Úrsula attempts to get it to play at the party. Finally José Arcadio Buendía forces the... (full context)
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...Crespi. When the mail delivery mule doesn’t arrive as expected, Rebeca has a tantrum, and Úrsula forces open Rebeca’s trunk, finding the letters. (full context)
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...daughters more suited for marriage and that Remedios still wets the bed. Señora Moscote tells Úrsula that Remedios has not yet reached puberty and the marriage is delayed. (full context)
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...wedding and she is sent away on a trip to try to distract her, with Úrsula as company. (full context)
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...needed to overpower José Arcadio Buendía and tie him to a tree in the courtyard. Úrsula and Amaranta return and José Arcadio Buendía is still tied to the tree, totally unaware... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...years. Pietro Crespi, too, is disappointed by the delay. The two lovers are found by Úrsula, kissing in the dark, and Úrsula dedicates herself to supervising their future visits. After three... (full context)
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...her own. Remedios Moscote and Aureliano Buendía had made a very content life for themselves. Úrsula institutes a mourning period. She hangs the daguerreotype of Remedios Moscote on the wall with... (full context)
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...the Buendía house, covered in tattoos. He proceeds through the house, greeting everyone nonchalantly. Only Úrsula recognizes him as her son José Arcadio (I). When they ask where he has been,... (full context)
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...reveals that José Arcadio and Rebeca are not in fact biological sister and brother, but Úrsula refuses to allow the newlyweds in the house. They rent a house and, on their... (full context)
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...Amaranta to marry him, and she agrees, but not until they know each other better. Úrsula is confused at this response, but Aureliano Buendía agrees it is not the time for... (full context)
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...tells Aureliano of the way the Liberal ideology has spread amongst his classmates. In December, Úrsula announces the news that war has broken out, though she is late, as martial law... (full context)
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...his insult. He storms Don Apolinar Moscote’s house and is about to execute him when Úrsula arrives to admonish Arcadio and tell him he’ll have to kill her, too. The soldiers... (full context)
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Úrsula suspects Arcadio is using public funds and her suspicions are confirmed. She passes his new... (full context)
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...he truly loved. His last wish is for his wife to name the unnamed eight-month-old Úrsula and that if the unborn child is a boy to name it José Arcadio after... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...with his hands bound, accompanied by an officer. Large crowds gather to watch his return. Úrsula visits Colonel Aureliano Buendía in jail. He knows all that has gone on in Macondo... (full context)
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...returns to Macondo to establish his headquarters there and is greeted by Colonel Gerineldo Márquez. Úrsula has taken in Santa Sofia de la Piedad and her daughter and twin sons, born... (full context)
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...trickle of blood leaks under the door and runs all the way across town to Úrsula in the Buendía house. Úrsula follows the trail all the way to the dead José... (full context)
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...his mouth” though she can’t explain further. Two days later he drinks poisoned coffee, but Úrsula nurses him back to health. Úrsula tells him she did not burn his poetry as... (full context)
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Colonel Gerineldo Márquez fell in love with Amaranta before his return. Úrsula advises Amaranta to marry him, but Amaranta refuses, saying he will be shot sooner or... (full context)
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A letter arrives from Colonel Aureliano Buendía advising Úrsula to take good care of José Arcadio Buendía because he is going to die, and... (full context)
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...their dynamic. They sleep together naked, touch each other, and almost get caught kissing by Úrsula. Amaranta cuts off the relationship immediately. Aureliano José goes to Catarino’s store and makes love... (full context)
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...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 killed. Six months... (full context)
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...are among the first students. The young Remedios is given the name Remedios the Beauty. Úrsula fails to grow old, growing her business and restocking her savings in the gourds buried... (full context)
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...and resembling his father. They christen him Aureliano with his mother’s last name, and though Úrsula offers to take over his upbringing, the woman refuses. Nine more sons arrive to be... (full context)
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Aureliano José begins to behave badly, sacking Úrsula’s money and gadding about town. He learns that his mother is Pilar Ternera, who becomes... (full context)
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...captured trying to escape Macondo and he and Colonel Aureliano Buendía have lunch together at Úrsula’s. (full context)
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Court-martials demand the 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... (full context)
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Colonel Gerineldo Márquez is sentenced to death for high treason. Úrsula tells her son that if he allows Márquez to be shot, she will kill her... (full context)
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...his daughter instead of his wife. He strips the house of his personal belongings, but Úrsula stops him when he tries to take down the photo of Remedios. He burns his... (full context)
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...how old she is. On the fated morning, he joins the troops to finally surrender, Úrsula bars the door behind him, intent on hiding away for the rest of her life,... (full context)
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...veterans, but the government only adds more guards to prevent him from leaving his house. Úrsula puts the guards to work helping around the house, and one, driven crazy by Remedios... (full context)
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...time, naming him José Arcadio (II). His wife, Fernanda Del Carpio agrees with the name. Úrsula believes it might be a bad idea though, recalling that the Aurelianos of the family... (full context)
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...himself up on Melquíades’ laboratory, reading a book of the fantastic stories he told, and Úrsula confirms that they are all true, but that the world is coming to an end,... (full context)
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...next in the line of priests, and his family scolds him for the Conservative practice. Úrsula hopes he might become a priest himself. Father Antonio Isabel prepares José Arcadio Segundo to... (full context)
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...for a long while because of it. He begins to enter cocks into fighting matches. Úrsula notes how different the twins have become despite their similar looks. Aureliano Segundo is approached... (full context)
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The woman’s name is Petra Cotes, a mixed-race widow. Úrsula bristles at the way the twins seem to embody all of the negative aspects of... (full context)
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...he wallpapers both the outside and inside of the Buendía house in one peso banknotes. Úrsula has them removed, and, in the process, a statue filled with gold coins is broken.... (full context)
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...Arcadio (I) attempts to open a boat line through the river, a near impossible task. Úrsula has a sense of déjà vu, as though she has already witnessed this same pursuit.... (full context)
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Remedios the Beauty is named queen of the carnival. Úrsula thinks this is a bad idea as she has been trying to keep her great-grandddaughter... (full context)
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...and Aureliano Segundo’s first daughter is born, Fernanda asks that she be called Renata, but Úrsula has already decided on Remedios. They compromise on Renata Remedios, with Fernanda calling her Renata... (full context)
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...tells him to get out. When he tells the rest of the family about this, Úrsula can’t believe that Rebeca, who she had forgotten, is still alive. Amaranta is the only... (full context)
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...bring the railroad into Macondo so that he can sell ice to the surrounding towns. Úrsula thinks the idea of the railroad is as fanciful as her husband’s vision of solar... (full context)
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...and she seems all the more beautiful for all of these rejections of conventional beauty. Úrsula fears that the sons of Colonel Aureliano Buendía will be attracted to Remedios the Beauty... (full context)
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...Beauty has no idea of the calamity she causes in the men who see her. Úrsula insists she eat in the kitchen with Amaranta, keeping her out of sight of the... (full context)
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...Remedios the Beauty bears powers of death, rather than the previously assumed powers of love. Úrsula attempts to teach Remedios the Beauty housekeeping duties, but she fails. (full context)
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...Aureliano Buendía. He halts production of his fishes and wanders the house aimlessly. He finds Úrsula in the courtyard, kneeling at the feet of the ghost of José Arcadio Buendía, and... (full context)
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...leave for the seminary. Meme prepares to go to the convent to become a nun. Úrsula has gone almost completely blind, but has managed to keep it a secret from everyone.... (full context)
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Úrsula reexamines her life and comes to the decision that Colonel Aureliano Buendía never loved anyone.... (full context)
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José Arcadio Segundo begins visiting the house regularly, talking to the colonel in his workshop. Úrsula remains convinced that he and his brother swapped identities at some point, as the name... (full context)
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...being mourned. Fernanda and Aureliano Segundo have given birth to a new daughter named Amaranta Úrsula. Meme receives her diploma as a clavichordist, and her dedicated skill in this regard is... (full context)
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...calls the doctor and makes Meme stay 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... (full context)
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...natives and Americans mingle. Fernanda is appalled that her daughter goes to these dances, but Úrsula sees no issue. Meme is invited to play the clavichord for the Americans, and after... (full context)
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...be so bad that she declines to admit it even now, but Amaranta only makes Úrsula sweat to her virginity. (full context)
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...her aunt has died and the show is ended. After the nine nights of mourning, Úrsula goes to bed and does not get up again. Santa Sofia de la Piedad takes... (full context)
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...bond has been severed. For two months, Meme is confined to her room, seemingly unaffected. Úrsula notes, though, that Meme takes a bath at night now. At night, the yellow butterflies... (full context)
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...in Colonel Aureliano Buendía’s old workshop and tells Santa Sofia de la Piedad and Amaranta Úrsula that she found the child floating in a basket. Even Úrsula never learns the boy’s... (full context)
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...weight. Everything in the house is incredible damp, even the humans, proved when they find Úrsula’s back covered in leeches. Aureliano Segundo, locked in the house with young Aureliano, knows what... (full context)
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...and his funeral procession passes the house. The Buendía family watches the sorry spectacle. Even Úrsula is present, blessing the young man she treated like a son and telling him that... (full context)
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Amaranta Úrsula and Aureliano think the rainy time is fun, splashing in puddles and playing with the... (full context)
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...is buried but she can tell him only it is within a certain proximity of Úrsula who buried it. He digs up the courtyard to such a degree that the foundation... (full context)
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Úrsula needs to put great effort into dying when the rain clears, as she had promised.... (full context)
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...impress her son on his return and tries to hasten her correspondence with the doctors. Úrsula orders that the house be opened to visitors again, but Fernanda insists the house remain... (full context)
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Amaranta Úrsula is sent to a small private school and Aureliano is forbidden from attending public school,... (full context)
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...tries to fix up her house to sell it, but it proves beyond repair. With Úrsula’s death, the Buendía house also falls into disrepair. The invisible doctors examine Fernanda for hours,... (full context)
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...no one, working as hard as he can to earn the money to send Amaranta Úrsula to school as he had promised. He organizes a raffle of the lands decimated by... (full context)
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...worked without complaint, seen more as a servant than as the matriarch she was. After Úrsula’s death the house falls into a state of senility, overtaken first by moss and then... (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 them to turn the house into a... (full context)
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...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 the happiest people... (full context)
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...anything but love. Suddenly a letter arrives with the news of Gaston’s imminent return. Amaranta Úrsula writes Gaston a letter saying she loves him very much, but that she cannot live... (full context)
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Aureliano and Amaranta Úrsula discover they are expecting a child. Amaranta Úrsula tries to make a business selling her... (full context)
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...ants and moths and weeds growing and the ghosts traversing the house. One Sunday, Amaranta Úrsula goes into labor. When their son is born, Amaranta Úrsula wants to name him Rodrigo,... (full context)
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...he remembers the child, but he cannot find the basket. He wonders if, perhaps, Amaranta Úrsula might not be dead, and might have found the child to care for it, but... (full context)
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...notice the doors and windows are being blown off their hinges. He discovers that Amaranta Úrsula is his aunt and the roof flies off. He sees the parchment’s delivery of the... (full context)