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Quote #10

[José Arcadio (III)] entertained his mother with the endless fable of his pontifical vocation. It never occurred either to him or to Fernanda to think that their correspondence was an exchange of fantasies. José Arcadio, who left the seminary as soon as he reached Rome, continued nourishing the legend of theology and canon law so as not to jeopardize the fabulous inheritance of which his mother's delirious letters spoke. (18.16)

Isn't it crazy that each character here is lying and is yet utterly unaware that the other person is doing the same thing? It's a relationship built entirely on fiction.

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