Chronical of the death foretold

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Of all the places mentioned in the book, we chose some of the main places to describe and to explain their relation to the story. These places will be Santiago Nasar's place, Clotilde Armenta's store, Xius's house, and the main market place.

Santiago lived in Plácida Linero's house. This house was always barred from the inside and Santiago carried the keys to the back door of the house and this is where he always entered and left the house. The house always had a light on in the stairway so that Santiago could enter the house without having to switch on any lights. This gave Santiago some extra time alive because the brothers Vicario were waiting for the light to turn on in the bedroom of Santiago Nasar, but this light was never turned on because Nasar was able to enter the house without switching on any lights. After the death of Santiago, his house was a complete mess.

Santiago's corpse was lying in the living room in an iron cot, surrounded by fans to cool the body (act as a refrigerator), furniture was moved out to make room for everything.

Clotilde Armenta's store is where a lot of the story took place. The Vicario twins were here since four o' clock in the morning waiting for Santiago Nasar. This is also where they first started telling everybody about the fact that they were going to kill Santiago nasar. The store was in direct view of Santiago Nasar's house so that the brothers Vicario could easily keep an eye on it. The store is also where the brothers had their first set of knives taken away by the police officer so that they couldn't kill Santiago Nasar. When this happened, the older of the two already thought that this was their duty fulfilled but the other disagreed. And the killing was still going to continue.

The main market place is in the center of the village. This is where the Vicario brothers started sharpening their knives in public (hoping for somebody to stop them) but there weren't many people out because it was four o'clock in the morning. The people that did see them didn't take them too seriously. Also the brothers showed off their knives later on so that people would know that they were going to kill Santiago. The market place is also where the rumors were spread very quickly about the killing of Santiago nasar (when people finally believed the brothers Vicario). The village was a very social place and the main market place was where they all met up. When San Roman lived in the bachelor's lodge on the market, he first saw Angela Vicario walking along the market square (this is when he started liking her.) Xius's place is the house on the hill that san Roman bought for Angela, because she liked the house he bought to convince her of his determination to get her. This is also the house that san Roman discovered that Angela was not a virgin. Angela was then sent home, out of his house. After this happened, San Roman came home completely drunk one night and felt lonely in that house all alone, he knocked on the door and nobody answered, he stared at the one room that was light upstairs ( a bedroom).

The village did not only consist of these four places, there were other places like for instance the docks but we felt that these were the most important.