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Death Comes for the Archbishop

Willa Cather

Character Analysis Don Antonio and Dona Isabella Olivares

Don Antonio and Dona Isabella Olivares are wealthy landowners and generous patrons of the Santa Fe parish. At a supper party, Don Antonio promises to give Latour enough money to build his cathedral, but Don Antonio dies before he can fulfill his promise. His second wife, Dona Isabella is a vain woman, physically attractive and full of energy. Her beauty inspires gossip that she conducts extramarital affairs. A cultivated woman and a devout Catholic, however, she likes to entertain the priests Latour and Vaillant, speak French with them, and sing for them.