“Nabo saw the man again. ‘A horse kicked me,’ he said. And the man said: ‘You’ve been saying that for centuries and in the meantime we’ve been waiting for you in the choir.’ Nabo shook his head again, sank his wounded forehead in the hay once more, and thought he suddenly remembered how things had happened.” (García Márquez 79)
There are unusual lapses of time throughout “Nabo: The Black Man Who Made the Angels Wait.” First is the slave-owners’ interpretation of time, which consists of fifteen years since Nabo was kicked in the face by the horse. The second interpretation of time consists of the supposed angel who has been waiting an “eternity” for Nabo to wake up. It appears that Nabo is stuck in limbo, torn between two different worlds: the natural and the supernatural. This common theme seems to reoccur consistently in Gabriel García Márquez’s short stories. The surrealism of the Nabo hallucinating the angel (or is he?) is reminiscent of Don Quixote’s experience in the Cave of Montesinos.