© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World
by Gabriel García Márquez
The Women Timeline and Summary
The women, fascinated with the drowned man's size and beauty, decide to sew him some clothes, since none of their men's will fit him. Using vribant linen and a sail they fashion him a shirt and pants. While they sit sewing, they feel that their world is changing because of the drowned man. They fantasize about the great power the drowned man would have had in their village, if he had lived there when he was alive. The oldest woman decides that he is named Esteban, and the rest agree. As the drowned man is dragged along the ground, the women realize how embarrassed he must have been of his body when he was alive. They cry when they look at him, and realize how much he is like their own men. The women are overjoyed when the men return from their trip and affirm that no other towns can claim the drowned man. The women pull the handkerchief off the drowned man's face to show their men how beautiful he is. At the funeral, the women and the men are aware of the smallness of their village in comparison with the greatness of the drowned man. They vow that, from now on, they will work to make their village worthy of Esteban.