One Hundred Years of Solitude - Chapter 5


   That same night, while the sound of the firing squad could be heard, Arcadio was named civil and military leader of the town. The married rebels barely had time to take leave of their wives, whom they left to their our devices. They left at dawn, cheered by the people who had been liberated from the terror, to join the forces of the revolutionary general Victorio Medina, who, according to the latest reports, was on his way to Manaure. Before leaving, Aureliano brought Don Apolinar Moscote out of a closet. “Rest easy, father-in-law,?he told him. “The new government guarantees on its word of honor your personal safety and that of your family.?Don Apolinar Moscote had trouble identifying that conspirator in high boots and with a rifle slung over his shoulder with the person he had played dominoes with until nine in the evening.
   “This is madness, Aurelito,?he exclaimed.
   “Not madness,?Aureliano said. “War. And don’t call me Aurelito any more. Now I’m Colonel Aureliano Buendía.?