Chronicle of a Death Foretold | Study Guide

Gabriel García Márquez

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Chronicle of a Death Foretold | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • August

    Bayardo San Román arrives in town.

    Chapter 2
  • October

    Bayardo meets Angela Vicario.

    Chapter 2
  • February

    Bayardo marries Angela in a lavish ceremony.

    Chapter 2
  • Monday evening

    Bayardo and Angela leave the party for their new house.

    Chapter 2
  • Monday night, after 11

    Bayardo returns Angela to her mother's house after he discovers she is not a virgin.

    Chapter 2
  • Around midnight

    The wedding celebration begins to break up.

    Chapter 2
  • Tuesday, about 4 a.m.

    Santiago Nasar, Cristo Bedoya, and the narrator serenade the newlyweds at their new house.

    Chapter 3
  • About 4:15 a.m.

    Pedro Vicario and Pablo Vicario await Santiago in Clotilde Armenta's milk shop.

    Chapter 1
  • About 4:20 a.m.

    Santiago returns home and rests.

    Chapter 3
  • At 5:30 a.m.

    Santiago dresses to go see the bishop.

    Chapter 1
  • 6:05 a.m.

    Santiago leaves his house to see the bishop.

    Chapter 1
  • About 6:45 a.m.

    Santiago visits his fiancée's house, but she forces him to leave.

    Chapter 5
  • A few minutes later

    Cristo Bedoya goes to Santiago's house to look for him, but he's not there.

    Chapter 5
  • About 7 a.m.

    Santiago is murdered at his front door by the Vicario brothers.

    Chapter 5

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 On the day he's murdered, Santiago Nasar gets up early, dresses in crisp, clean white clothes, and goes out to see the b... Read More
Chapter 2 Bayardo San Román has returned his bride, Angela Vicario, to her parent's house. He had arrived in town in August, looki... Read More
Chapter 3 When much later Pedro Vicario and Pablo Vicario stand trial for murder, the judge acquits them on the grounds that their... Read More
Chapter 4 The murder of Santiago Nasar is barbaric, and the body lies exposed in the Nasar living room because no freezer in town ... Read More
Chapter 5 The narrator explains that Santiago Nasar's murder becomes the obsession of the townspeople for years. They try to make ... Read More
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