The Bridge of San Luis Rey

The Bridge of San Luis Rey: Novel Summary: Part Five – Perhaps an Intention

Part Five – Perhaps an IntentionSummary Having introduced us to the victims of the bridges fall, the narrator now tells us how Brother Juniper-the outsider concerned who desires to make a “scientific investigation” (p. 7) of faith-arrived at his method of investigating the incident. It seems Juniper knew a student who viewed life with cynicism …

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey: Novel Summary: Part Three – Esteban

Part Three – EstebanSummary Esteban and Manuel are twins who were abandoned on the doorstep of Madre Maras convent as infants. The abbess raises the boys until they reach early adolescence. As young men, they find work as copyists, “transcribing comedies for the theater, ballads for the crowds, and advertisements for the merchants.” They do …

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey: Novel Summary: Part Two – The Marquesa de Montemayor

Part Two – The Marquesa de MontemayorSummary The second section of the novel serves as our first introduction to a victim of the bridges collapse. Do?a Mar?a, the Marquesa de Montemayor, dotes on her grown daughter, Clara, who has married and moved to Spain largely in an attempt to escape her eccentric mothers smothering affections. …

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey: Novel Summary: Part One – Perhaps an Accident

Part One – Perhaps an AccidentSummary Note: All page numbers in this commentary refer to the Perennial Classics edition of The Bridge of San Luis Rey (New York: HarperCollins, 1998). In Peru, the celebrated Bridge of San Luis Rey-named for and, it is widely believed, protected by King Louis of France; woven of osier (a …

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