Very evidently, Fermina is a determined woman. She is a woman who knows what shewants and will not stop until she successfully achieves it: when her husband does not allow her to keep any creature that does not speak, she finds one that can, a parrot. When shepersistently refuses to forgive her husband until he admits to his own guilt, in time, hesurrenders to her conditions. However, Fermina also seems to be a caring, nurturing woman, for she pampers her aging husband as she would a defenseless, helpless baby, and has a fanaticallove of animals and flowers.Contrasting his wife, Dr. Urbino seems to some extent a cold, unemotional, inexpressiveman, for he takes more interest in his parrot than he does in his children, and dislikes bothanimals and flowers. Though he didn’t like animals, he eventually learned to love the parrot andeven teaching it with French lessons and gospels. His dedication for the parrot started from thevery moment when it frightens the thief away by barking like a dog and crying, "Stop thief,stop!”. Afterwards, he allows it to wander the house until it falls from a ceiling beam into a pot of stew.After Dr. Urbino and his wife attended the silver anniversary luncheon, the social eventof the year, held in honor of a medical colleague, Urbino takes a siesta, from which he isawakened by the sad consciousness that he is living his final afternoons. Just as he hadforgotten about the parrot, Urbino hears the bird close by, and spots him in the lowest branch of the mango tree. He talks to the bird, careful not to frighten it away, but the bird hops up to aslightly higher branch that he must reach with a ladder. The Doctor ascends the ladder, reachesfor the parrot, and is discovered by a servant who screams in fright for his safety. Dr. Urbinocatches the parrot, but releases the bird immediately as the ladder slips from beneath his feet,and he falls to his death. Fermina take notice of the servant’s cry and comes running. With hislast breath, Dr. Juvenal Urbino says to his wife: "Only God knows how much I love you."
Sarcastically, Dr. Urbino's parrot, in which he has invested more time and effort than inhis children, is in due course held responsible for his death. The bird is to blame for the massivedisasters: the distress of the servants, the damage of the house by the fire department, and,most seriously, the fortuitous death of Dr. Urbino.The major heavy showers of the first chapter bring upon two immense twists of theentirety of the story. Firstly, the death of the well-known Doctor, and second to it, thereappearance of Florentino Ariza in Fermina's life at the death of his husband. Florentino tellsFermina that he has waited for this "opportunity" for fifty one years, nine months and four days,to repeat to her his vow of "eternal fidelity and everlasting love." Fermina felt disrespected, andorders him out of her house, demanding that he never return in all the years of his life, and thatshe hopes that there are a few of them.