Sanxi the younger was Martin and Bertrande’s son, named after Martin’s father Sanxi the elder. Since the couple had married in their early teens, Martin seemed to feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of parenthood and fled the village when Sanxi was still very young. In the ensuing decade, Sanxi lived with his mother and, for a while, with the impostor Arnaud du Tilh, who pretended to be Sanxi’s father. Throughout Arnaud’s trial, Bertrande worked hard to protect herself against the accusation of adultery by claiming that she had been deceived by Arnaud. This was not only to protect her own life—since the punishment for adultery was death—but also to protect Sanxi. If his mother were proven an adulteress, then Sanxi couldn’t inherit the family property. By maintaining her position as an “honorable” woman, Bertrande protected both her own life and reputation, and her son’s future.
Sanxi the Younger Character Timeline in The Return of Martin Guerre
The timeline below shows where the character Sanxi the Younger appears in The Return of Martin Guerre. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.