While developing love towards Fermina, Florentino undergoes a negative change in his behaviour. As a young man, Florentino is an outgoing person who is very popular with girls due to his skill in dancing and playing a violin. Therefore, he has a carefree attitude until he meets Fermina. His first encounters her while delivering a telegram to Lorenzo Daza, father of Fermina, and becomes astonished at her beauty. This feeling of awe motivates him to follow her by "pretending to read a book of verse in the shade of the almond trees until he saw the impossible maiden walk ...
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Florentino believes that his love for Fermina is full of purity. Therefore, he chases after her for most of his life so that he can have requited love. However, his actions and dialogues always show that he does not follow his belief. He develops immoral behaviour in his pursuit of love. He does not contemplate if his actions are immoral. Florentino loves to suffer in his love. True love never harms anyone. Therefore, pleasure from suffering in love does not seem genuine. Furthermore, he does not set realistic expectations for his love and if they are not met, he lies to himself. He does not seem to understand that one-sided love should not be pursued. Instead, he hopes that Fermina will reciprocate his love. Therefore, he loves the idea of loving Fermina rather than having genuine love. In this way, Florentino 's love for Fermina is nothing more than an illusion.
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