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Happily Ever Afters

Love in the Time of Cholera is of course a love story. From the opening scenes we know that the story is of longing and pining for the love of a very wonderful Fermina. The fact that the love story doesn’t run smoothly is what makes this happily-ever-after so wonderful. Page after page Florentino wishes he could love Fermina the way he feels she deserves. Page after page their relationship is not allowed. At first it is the father and then it is Fermina herself. Finally it is the good doctor. Florentino can only hope and wait for Dr. Juvenal Ubino to pass away so that he can swoop in and make his move.

A happily-ever-after can only work if the rest of the relationship is racked with problems and difficulties. Garcia Marquez provides enough conflict to keep the two lovers distanced from one another for, eh, fifty-one years, nine months, and four days. When Florentino and Fermina are finally granted their happily-ever-after, they seem to have earned it, both characters in their own way have paid for their choice to not be with the other. After being granted their happily-ever-after, the story is all the more heartbreaking because of their age. Time is short, and now that they’ve finally found the one they truly love, it’s almost time to pack their bags and leave this world. It’s tragically beautiful to have waited so long for the right one, only to turn around and lose them.

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