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KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS 1 SETTING The Bridge of San Luis Rey is set in and around Lima the capital of Peru in the eighteenth century It was a beautiful city inspired by the Catholic religion and entertained by the theater It was also peopled by eccentrics like the intensely religious and superstitious Marquesa the flirtatious Camila Perichole the touchy Esteban the snobbish Dona Clara and the cunning Uncle Pio The staunch Catholics like the Abbess and Brother Juniper tried to instill the principles of Christianity in the uninitiated like Pepita Esteban and the Indian converts During the novel there are several settings outside of Lima The Marquesa undertakes a pilgrimage to the shrine of Santa Maria de Cluxambuqua perched on the knees of the highest peaks of Andes in order to offer prayers for her daughter On the fateful day of the breaking of the San Luis Rey Bridge the Marquesa Pepita Esteban Uncle Pio and Don Jamie had traveled over the bridge situated on the high road between Lima and Cuzco This famous bridge had been woven of osier by the Incas more than a century before and visitors to the city were always led out to see it It was a mere ladder of thin slats swung out over the gorge with handrails of dried vine but it had become a landmark of Peru CHARACTERS Marquesa De Montemayor usually called Dona Maria - the intensely religious and superstitious mother of Dona Clara whom she adores She feels distressed that Dona Clara does not reciprocate her love She is one of the victims of the accident at the bridge of San Luis Rey Esteban and Manuel - orphan twins brought up by the Abbess Their identical looks baffle many people They are deeply
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