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The daughter of Úrsula Iguarán and José Arcadio Buendía, Amaranta dies an embittered and lonely virgin. She bears deep jealousy and hatred for her adopted sister Rebeca whom she believes stole Pietro Crespi from her. However, when Pietro Crespi finally falls in love with her, she rejects him and he kills himself. As penance, she gives herself a bad burn on the hand and wears a black bandage over it for the rest of her life. When she is much older, she falls in love with Colonel Gerineldo Márquez but they never marry. She raises her nephew Aureliano José and they develop an unconsummated incestuous passion for each other. Amaranta is the sister of Colonel Aureliano Buendía and José Arcadio (II).

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