The Motorcycle Diaries


Ernesto Che Guevara

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Dr. Bresciani is the director of the San Pablo Leper Colony. Even though he has almost no money or resources at his command, he presides over a group of patients with remarkably high morale and manages to do his own research on the side. Importantly, Dr. Bresciani encourages the lepers to form their own government within the colony, helping them form a microcosmic society based on equality.

Dr. Bresciani Quotes in The Motorcycle Diaries

The The Motorcycle Diaries quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Bresciani or refer to Dr. Bresciani. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Ocean Press edition of The Motorcycle Diaries published in 2003.
Chapter 40 Quotes

There are 600 sick people living independently in typical jungle huts, doing whatever they choose, looking after themselves, in an organization which has developed a rhythm and style of its own. There is a local official, a judge, a policeman, etc. The respect Dr. Bresciani commands is considerable and he clearly coordinates the whole colony, both protecting and sorting out disputes that arise between the different groups.

Related Characters: Ernesto Guevara (speaker), Dr. Bresciani
Related Symbols: The Leper Colony
Page Number: 146
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Dr. Bresciani Character Timeline in The Motorcycle Diaries

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38. Ucayali Abajo (Down the Ucayali)
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...they sail onwards and arrive in San Pablo, where the director of the leper colony, Dr. Bresciani , puts them up for the night. (full context)
40. La Colonia de San Pablo (The San Pablo Leper Colony)
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Dr. Bresciani shows Ernesto and Alberto around the colony. He tells them about his own research, which... (full context)
41. El Día de San Guevara (Saint Guevara’s Day)
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...quarter century, and he says that life, “all things considered, has not treated me badly.” Dr. Bresciani organizes a huge dinner and party in the colony’s dining room. Drunk on pisco, Ernesto... (full context)