Study Guide: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder|
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THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY STUDY GUIDE
A shrewd and cunning man of the world and the guardian of Camila Perichole, whom he loves dearly. He has a pleasing personality, winning the favor of many people. He transforms Camila from a café singer to a stage actress and takes her son under his care.
A brilliant, vain, and flirtatious actress, who is cared for by Uncle Pio. She becomes the mistress of the Viceroy and bears his three children. After she is stricken with small pox, she isolates herself from the world. Finally, she joins a convent and helps unfortunate children.
An orphan under the care of the Abbess. She is a lonely girl who helps Maria De Pilar in the activities of the convent. Later, she goes to live with the Marquesa but feels neglected even though she has been obedient and faithful to both the Marquesa and Abbess. She loses her life along with Dona Maria in the bridge accident.
The proud and clever daughter of the Marquesa. She hates her mother for her possessiveness and sentimentalism. She marries a lord in Spain and leads a life of luxury. She is a connoisseur of art and encourages talent in her court.
Abbess, also called as Madre Maria
An idealistic servant of God. She believes in the dignity of women and tries to espouse their cause. She brings up Pepita, Esteban, and Manuel in her orphanage, along with many other children.
The Archbishop of Lima
An obese servant of God. Both a devout Catholic and a devoted officer of the church, he is highly respected by the people of Lima and is often invited by important people of the city to their homes. He performs the service at the cathedral for the five accident victims.
The Viceroy of Lima. A delightful widower, he makes Camila his mistress and fathers her three children. He also turns her into a refined and cultured lady.
The son of Camila and Don Andres. He is a sickly child who is sent to live with Uncle Pio. He falls down, along with Uncle Pio, when the bridge breaks.
A Christian missionary from Northern Italy who comes to Lima to convert the Indians in Peru. He witnesses the breaking of the Bridge of San Luis Rey and studies the lives of the victims in order to prove the accident as a Providence of God. His theories are not accepted, and he is burnt along with his book.
A wise, sincere, and respected man. Important people seek his company and advice. The Abbess seeks his help in reforming Esteban. Having lost his dear daughter, he travels far and wide to forget his sorrow.
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