Love in the Time of Cholera SummaryLove in the Time of Choleraopens on the day of Dr. Juvenal Urbino's death. He is a highly successful doctor who has done much for the Caribbean city in which he lives, so his death has agreat effect on the city. The two who are most affected are Fermina Daza, his widow, and Florentino Ariza, the man who has been waiting for him to die for fifty-one years. Florentino was Fermina's first love; as teenagers, over a period of four years, they corresponded almost daily by mail, and they were engaged for most of that time. But after returning from a trip that her father made her take in order to forget Florentino, Fermina found that she had no feelings for him, and her love for him was just an illusion. Florentino became desperate, and whenhe found out that Fermina was going to marry Dr. Juvenal Urbino, he vowed to become as successful as he could while waiting for Dr. Urbino to die, so that he could win back Ferminawhen the time came.