The ending of Gabriel García Márquez’s tale of Nabo is quite tiresome when reading it aloud. The last paragraph is one tremendous run-on sentence that shocks the reader with the last sentence as the deaf girl screams out Nabo’s name.
“…still with the rope they had tied him with fifteen years before (when he was a little black boy who looked after the horses); and (before reaching the courtyard) he passed by the girl, who remained seated, the crank of the gramophone in her hand since the night before (when she saw the unchained black force she remembered something that at one time must have been a word)… (García Márquez 81-82)
The vocabulary used in this passage is particularly interesting considering it has no end until a full page later. The term “something that at one time must have been a word,” suggests that Nabo looks like something that is inhumane. It leaves the author wondering what something that has been rotting for fifteen years must look like, or even worse, smell like. García Márquez’s choice to make this ending paragraph a run-on sentence tells me that he wanted the reader to feel a sense of chaos and disorientation. It is so powerful to imagine this creature, similar to Bertha Mason in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, coming back to life practically as a zombie with so powerful a demonstration that even the deaf girl can muster up the words “Nabo! Nabo!” Everything in the story has built up to this moment and it delivers a satisfying ending.