| Quote #1
Dr. Urbino's tongue burned with the live coal of the secret […] And he felt redeemed by his own loyalty to the woman he had repudiated five hours earlier. (1.102)
Dr. Urbino is angry with Jeremiah for not telling him the truth about his identity and his long-term secret love affair. Still, he ends up guarding his friend's secrets.
| Quote #2
But although stemming the flow of his blood into the tide of history caused him pain, what worried Dr. Urbino the most about dying was the solitary life Fermina Daza would lead without him. (1.119)
Now that's devotion – Dr. Urbino worries about his wife being lonely after he's dead…as he's dying.
| Quote #3
"Fermina," he said, "I have waited for this opportunity for more than half a century, to repeat to you once again my vow of eternal fidelity and everlasting love." (1.130)
Florentino's declaration is the climactic moment in the novel – and it happens in the first chapter.