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In the Book The Bridge of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder portrays love to be both the cause of misery in life and the cause of meaning in life The book begins in Peru with the collapse of the bridge of San Luis Rey The catastrophe results in five people plunging to their deaths A Franciscan monk named Brother Juniper witnesses the event and wonders why did this happen to those five In an attempt to prove theology an exact science Brother Juniper researches the lives of these five people The first victim of love introduced in the book is the Marquesa de Montemayor better known as Doa Mara Doa Mara had been plagued her whole life with Ugliness and a speech impediment She was not married until the age of twenty-six This marriage resulted in the birth of her daughter Doa Clara to whom all her love was given From an early age mother and daughter had an odd relationship as shown in this passage and when an exquisite daughter was born to her she fastened upon her an idolatrous love At the age eight she was calmly correcting her mothers speech and presently regarding her with astonishment and repulsionpg14 This shows how much love Doa Mara poured into Doa Clara and how she in turn only offered criticism When Doa Clara was old enough for marriage she married off to Spain and far away from her mother This caused the Marquesa great pain such that the only joy she found in life was writing letters seldom receiving replies to her daughter Eventually Doa Mara became increasingly lonely and decided to adopt a girl named Pepita Pepita became a great help to Doa Mara When a letter arrived from Spain confiding that Doa Clara was to have a child the Marquesa following in Peruvian tradition made the pilgrimage to the shrine of Santa Mara de Cluxambuqua along with Pepita It was on
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