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The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a 116 page speculation on the meaning of a catastrophe Wilder is wary of answering the question of whether the collapse of the bridge is accidental or designed What is your view after reading the novel The question that arises from the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey is whether the collapse of the bridge is accidental or designed Either the universe is set according to a plan or the collapse of the bridge is without purpose or plan After reading the novel it is evident that the collapse of the bridge was designed because all the 5 characters that died when the bridge collapsed were linked in so many different ways The novel tells the story of 5 characters Marquesa de Montemayor Pepita Esteban Uncle Pio and Don Jamie who are linked together in different ways The characters are all linked together in the novel beccause they have all lost a dearly loved one Marquesa loses her daughter Clara who moves to Spain to escape her mothers overwhelming love Pepita loses her parents who abandoned her and leave her to grow up as an orphan Esteban loses his twin brother Manuel who dies due to an infection Manuel meant everything to Esteban who tries to commit suicide when his brother dies because he feels shut of from love Uncle Pio and Don Jamie lose the love of actress Camila Perichole who had contracted small pox and rejects both the love of Uncle Pio and her son Don Jamie because she cannot believe that any one would love her for who she is Because these various characters loved so desperately they cling to the departed ones and refuse to allow themselves to move ahead in life The book brings all the characters together because
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