The eldest child of Aureliano Segundo and Fernanda del Carpio, his great-great-grandmother Úrsula decides that José Arcadio (IV) is supposed to become the Pope, but he in fact slides into dissolution and solitude. While in Italy, he lies to his mother about his success in the seminary. He returns when she dies to carry out her wishes and strikes an uneasy relationship with his nephew Aureliano (II). José Arcadio (IV) leads a life of debauchery with local adolescents who eventually murder him and steal his money.


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