He includes an anecdote, in an essay that shows how movies get it wrong, because he wants to tell the readers that people believe what they see and hear. Why does the reader never see any of the letters?
How dangerous is cholera?
He has declared his eternal love for Fermina, and determines to gain the fame and fortune he needs to win her back. She waves to the people on the boat, and everyone views her without comment; she is part of the landscape like the trees and animals. Her grief at being torn away from her lover is profound, but when she returns she breaks off the relationship, calling everything that has happened between them an illusion.
Juvenal Urbino is ashamed when he returns from Europe to see the rotting animal carcasses in the port. In reality, there is no foreground and background, or subordination of topics.
They were subject to strict codes of behavior, though Fermina, like many women of her class, secretly smokes and drinks.
Are the structure and style of the novel significant? Juvenal Urbino courts Fermina Daza in the manner of a military siege.
When Fermina Daza's father finds out about her suitor, he sends her on a trip intended to make her forget the affair.