To add to Jessica's comment and quotation from page 173, "The truth is that he was never the same again. Winning back Fermina Daza was the sole purpose in his life, and he was so certain of achieving it sooner or later that he convinced Transito Ariza to continue with the restoration of the house so that it would be ready to receive her whenever the miracle took place. In contrast to her reaction to the proposed publication of the Lover’s Companion, Transito Ariza went much further: she bought the house at once undertook a complete renovation. They made a reception room where the bedroom had been, on the upper floor they built two spacious, bright, bedrooms, one for the married couple and another for the children they were going to have", I would like to say that I can relate to Florentino at this point in the book. I can easily see myself doing the same out of insecurity and fear. His love comes off so strong but what doesnt come off as strong is his fear of losing her or never being able to be together. The quotation Jessica used as an example from the book is yet another example of Florentino's obssesive attitude towards being with Fermina. In my opinion, Fermina's father instilled that fear into Florentino with his mere disapproval. There is no doubt, however, that Florentino is a very true man when it comes to what he wants, as Jess put it. He seems like someone who will stop at nothing and the more I read of him, the more determined and honest he seems.