| Quote #4
He was not the kind of man she would have chosen. His foundling's eyeglasses, his clerical garb, his mysterious resources had awakened in her a curiosity that was difficult to resist, but she had never imagined that curiosity was one of the many masks of love. (2.40)
Fermina's perspective clues us in that not everyone understands love in the same way Florentino does – as a battle to the death. Love has "many masks."
| Quote #5
It was the year they fell into devastating love. Neither one could do anything except think about the other, dream about the other, and wait for letters with the same impatience they felt when they answered them. Never in that delirious spring, or in the following year, did they have the opportunity to speak to each other. (2.45)
Here love becomes an obsession for both Fermina and Florentino. Yet it's based purely on the letters they write to one another. It's kind of like a precursor to Internet dating.
| Quote #6
He liked to say that this love was the result of a clinical error. He himself could not believe that it had happened, least of all at that time in his life when all his reserves of passion were concentrated on the destiny of his city […] (3.2)
For Dr. Urbino, love seems like a bit of an inconvenience, but he can't help himself. We guess there are some things that are beyond his ability to control with science, order, and reason.