The Bridge of San Luis Rey

by

Thornton Wilder

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Viceroy Andrés Character Analysis

The Viceroy is a deputy of the Spanish king and the head of Lima’s colonial administration. Like his colleague, the Archbishop, the Viceroy is less interested in serving the Limean populace than in enriching himself and leading an extravagant life. After falling in love with Camila Perichole, he takes her as a mistress. Together, they have three children; the eldest, Jaime, dies in the bridge collapse.
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Viceroy Andrés Character Timeline in The Bridge of San Luis Rey

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Part 2: The Marquesa de Montemayor
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Doña María then reports that the Viceroy of Lima is sick with gout, which incapacitates him most of the time. Recently, he... (full context)
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When the Viceroy learns that “one of his aristocrats had been openly baited in the theater,” he forces... (full context)
Part 3: Esteban
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...contents of the letter, not even to Esteban. The Perichole dictates one letter to the Viceroy, which is polite and earnest, asking why he believes the “calumnies” other people spread about... (full context)
Part 4: Uncle Pio
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...than in Europe, quickly becoming indispensable to Limean society. He performs many tasks for the Viceroy, enriching himself at the hapless official’s expense. Uncle Pio becomes used to coming and going... (full context)
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...more distracted from her work in the theater when she attracts the attention of the Viceroy, Don Andrés. After spending his youth gambling and carousing in Spain, he is exiled to... (full context)
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...Pio doesn’t like Camila’s invitations to the palace, although he’s intrigued that her lessons from Don Andrés add a new sophistication to her performances. He reflects to himself that she would be... (full context)
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After some time, Don Andrés asks if Camila would mind sharing their dinners with other guests. He offers to introduce... (full context)
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Eventually, Don Andrés invites Uncle Pio to join the dinner parties, as well as Captain Alvarado. All the... (full context)
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...she has never felt the necessary love. Even though she has three children with the Viceroy, she eventually tires of him and begins conducting other affairs on the side. (full context)
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...and write, and challenges anyone who refers to her as a bohemian. She forces the Viceroy to legitimize her children and assumes the delicate air of a great lady. Still, as... (full context)
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Near the church of Santa María de Cluxambuqua is a fashionable neighborhood where Don Andrés has built an imitation-French palace. The Perichole builds her own villa and retires outside the... (full context)
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...She returns all the jewels she has ever received from her lovers, and forbids the Viceroy, the Archbishop, and her other admirers from visiting. No one is allowed to see her... (full context)
Part 5: Perhaps an Intention
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...the bridge collapse is sunny and warm. The Archbishop sits sweating on his throne, while Don Andrés feels ill and self-conscious in the church, knowing that everyone is watching as he mourns... (full context)