10-10-2007 10:49 AM
I think I like Fermina the best, for the obvious reasons. She's gutsy, we get to watch her grow up and make difficult decisions.
But one of my favorite minor characters is her Aunt Ecolastica who, despite what her gut told her to do, risked everything for the sake of Fermina and Florentino's budding romance.
I also love Florentino's mama! Especially when she says thinks like, "Take advantage of it now, while you are young, and suffer all you can ... because these things don't last your whole life." (When he was confined to bed with love sickness. A topic we should talk about shortly.)
Who's capturing your imagination the most?
10-10-2007 05:32 PM
10-10-2007 08:58 PM
APenForYourThoughts wrote: Florentino was probably my favorite in the novel because I related to him a lot; he's probably just a more exaggerated version of myself. Reading about him forced me to delve deeper into my mind and soul, and though it was almost painful at times, it was fulfilling and beautiful. (Don't know if that makes sense, so I apologize. ) I like his mother, too; I smiled to myself when I read the quote you posted from her, because I had actually written that down as I was reading.
Florentino's lovestruck ways are definitely one of the highlights of the entire book, from the first chapter on, without fail. I see what you're saying about the exaggeratedness (how's that for a word?) of his behavior and emotions. On one level, it seems entirely adorable. What right-minded gal could refuse such love?
On another level, I wonder if his intensity is what ultimately turned Fermina off at the end of Chapter 2.
That scene of her big realization:
"...but now, instead of the commotion of love, she felt the abyss of disenchantment. In an instant the magnitude of her own mistake was revealed to her, and she asked herself, appalled, how she could have nurtured such a chimera in her heart for so long and with so much ferocity."
My margin notes read simply, "Why?!?!"
I mean, was it really that simple for her to dismiss him in that moment? Was she momentarily creeped out, or was there something more? GGM doesn't fully explain, does he? The language here is pretty harsh -- abyss of disenchantment! appalled! a chimera! Was this just a rash, youthful decision that stained the rest of her life with regret?
And if this is the case, it makes Florentino and his persistence that much more loveable. (I think of his actions at Dr. Urbino's funeral in Ch. 1 and how GGM described him as "a useful and serious old man.")
Emotions run deep and wide in this one!