The Bridge of San Luis Rey Setting & Symbolism

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Bridge of San Luis Rey

The opening paragraph describes the incident involving the bridge, which plays a critical actual and symbolic role throughout the book. It is thought to be based on a bridge over the Apurímac River, on the Inca road. Created in 1350, it was in use in 1864 when a woodcut picture was made, but became dilapidated in 1890, although it had not fallen. Wilder declined to say whether he had seen this picture.

Osier

A term usually applied to the willow. Bridges of this material are still made from ropes created out of plaited or intertwined vines, such as liana.

Horses

This animal was brought to the Americas by the Spanish. The Aztecs had no use for the wheel on their mountain passes, and used llamas as beasts of slight burden.

Coaches

Of use in the city for princes of state or church, though one cannot...

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