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MonkeyNotes-Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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She says good-bye to the last group of intimate friends at the door. Then she returns inside the house. It is then that she sees Florentino Ariza standing in the middle of the empty drawing room. She is pleased. She had erased him from her life for many years and now she sees him for the first time "purified by forgetfulness." Before she can thank him for coming, he puts his hat over his heart and "the abscess that had sustained his life finally burst." He tells her he has waited for the chance for more than fifty years to repeat to her his vow of "eternal fidelity and everlasting love." If she didnít think he was inspired by the Holy Spirit, she would have thought he was crazy. First she wants to curse him. Then she just tells him to get out. As he walks away, she closes the door slowly and "faces her destiny alone."


"Until that moment she had never been fully conscious of the weight and size of the drama that she had provoked when she was not yet eighteen, and that would pursue her until her death." She cries for the first time since she saw her husband die. She cries for her solitude and rage. She goes into her bedroom and cries for herself because she has hardly ever slept alone since her wedding night. When she sees anything of her husbandís she cries again. She prays to God that she will die before she wakes up. She lies down fully dressed in this hope, "but she knew in her sleep that she was still alive, and that she had half a bed to spare." She sobs in her sleep thinking of sleeping on the left side of the bed. She is finally awakened "by the despised sun of the morning without him." Only when she wakes up does she realize she has slept all night without him and that she has been crying in her sleep and that "she had thought more about Florentino Ariza than about her dead husband."

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