The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

The archpriest Character Analysis

The archpriest of San Salvador, a high-ranking clergyman, takes a liking to Lazaro and offers Lazaro one of his maids to marry. Lazaro soon discovers that his new wife is the archpriest’s mistress, but he turns a blind eye because the archpriest showers him and his wife with gifts. The person that the story is addressed to seems to be a friend or acquaintance of the archpriest’s who has asked Lazaro to explain this matter further. Given that members of the clergy were supposed to be celibate, it would be an especially significant offense if a figure of such high office were found out to be an adulterer.
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The archpriest Character Timeline in The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes

The timeline below shows where the character The archpriest appears in The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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One day the archpriest of San Salvador takes notice of Lazaro for his skill in selling the archpriest’s wines,... (full context)
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However, Lazaro’s marriage is plagued by rumors that his wife is the archpriest’s mistress. Lazaro tries to ignore the rumors, but sometimes his wife stays late in the... (full context)
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One day the archpriest tells Lazaro he would do well to ignore the rumors, assuring him that his honor... (full context)