Years pass. Tradition, law, God. The copper vessels winked and blazed. Although this Martin bears the scars of the old, possesses secrets and knowledge only Martin owns, and is therefore compelling in his arguments of authenticity, Bertrande sickens with resentment and guilt.
There is the truth, and the coterminous health of her immortal Catholic soul. Swallow Press, He was for her that day a tradition more potent than the church. The novel has its origins in research Lewis made into trials based on circumstantial evidence, after reading in-depth about famous trials turning on circumstantial evidence, which prompted her to write a pamphlet describing the risks of using it.
The village priest, who loves and trusts the returned Martin, will not acknowledge she has committed the mortal sin of adultery, much less absolve her. She declines further and is thought mad.
The perspective of dramatic irony does not offer a clear view. I knew about and read Winters during my graduate work in English in the nineties and early aughts.
The Wife Of Martin Guerre.