Chapter Summary of Noli Me Tangere (2022)

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NOLI ME TANGERE by Jose Rizal

Characters of Noli Me Tangere

Juan Crisostomo Ibarra y Magsalin

Sonof Filipino businessman, Don Rafael Ibarra, He studied in Europe for sevenyears

MariaClara

CrisostomoIbarra’s fiancé, she is the most beautiful and widely celebrated girl in SanDiego. She is an illegitimate daughter of Father Damaso

Don Santiago Delos Santos “Capitan Tiago”

Heis considered one of the most hospitable men in the town. He is also known asthe father of Maria Clara

Elias

Heis the mysterious friend of Crisostomo Ibarra. He believes that justice can beobtained through revolution

Friar Damaso Vardolagas

AFranciscan friar and the former parish curate of San Diego. He is known asnotorious character that speaks with harsh words and has been a cruel priestduring his stay in the town

FriarHernando de la Sibyla

Heis a Filipino friar, a Dominican curate in Binondo, described as short and hasfair skin

FriarBernardo Salvi

He is the curate of San Diego and thesecret admirer of Maria Clara

Don Anastacio

Heis known as Pilosopong Tacio. He is pessimist, wise and intelligent man

DonTiburcio Espanada

He is a false doctor and the Spanishhusband of Dona Victorina

DonaVictorina

She is a woman is ashamed of being aFilipino

TheAlferez

Heis the Chief of Guardia Civil

DonaConsolacion

She is the wife of Alferez and passesherself off as a Peninsulares. She is very abusive to Sisa

Sisa

Aloving mother of Basilio and Crispin

Crispin

Theyounger son of Sisa and died because of being punished from the soldiers. He isaccused of stealing an amount of money in the convent where he works with Basilioas a sacristan

Basilio

Theeldest son of Sisa

CHAPTERI: ASocial Gathering

Setting

Captain Tiago’s house

Characters

CaptainTiago, Friar Damaso, Lieutenant Guevarra, Dona Victorina.

Summary

Onthe last of October near All Soul’s Day, Captain Tiago arranged a grand dinnerin his home. Many guests came and mostof them are uninvited because everyone wants to join since Captain Tiago isrich and known as one of the most hospitable men in San Diego. Before the evening meal, people talk amongthemselves and discuss different issues of interest. One of the visitors isFriar Damaso who just came back in Philippines and talks so harsh about Indiosand had no regard for the rights and feelings of others whenever he opened hismouth. Other visitors include Lieutenant Guevarra, Friar Sibyla, Dr. Tiburcioand Dona Victorina.

CHAPTERII: Crisostomo Ibarra

Setting

CaptainTiago’s house

Characters

Captain Tiago, Crisostomo Ibarra, FriarDamaso, Lt.Guevarra, Captain Tinong

Summary

Captain Tiago greeted all the visitors andintroduces Juan Crisostomo Ibarra, whose clothes clearly depicted that he is ingrief. Friar Damaso was surprised toknow that Ibarra is the son of Don Rafael. Crisostomo, who has just returnedfrom Europe for his seven years study, warmly greets Friar Damaso who became agood friend of his father; however the friar denies the existence of this closerelationship. Lt. Guevarra approachesIbarra greets him and wishes Crisostomo’s fate will be better than his father’s.Captain Tinong invited Crisostomo for a meal tomorrow but he rejected sincehe’ll be going to the town of San Diego.

CHAPTERIII: The Dinner

Setting

CaptainTiago’s house

Characters

FriarDamaso, Friar Sibyla, Crisostomo Ibarra, Captain Tiago

Summary

Themeal is ready and the guests gather at the dining table. Friar Damaso and Friar Sibyla both rush forthe seat at the head of the table. Everyone is talking and praising thedelicious foods served. The rest of the seats are occupied, and only CrisostomoIbarra notices Captain Tiago is not seated in any of them. Ibarra offers the Captain his seat, but herefused. Friar Damaso is jealous and mad when Ibarra is served the meaty partof the chicken at dinner, while his was the skinny neck. While eating, Ibarra talked with some of theguests and they learned that Ibarra went to different countries and knowsdifferent languages. Soon after, Ibarra leaves the scene without waiting forthe arrival of his love interest, Maria Clara. Friar Damaso laughed when Ibarraleft and said Indios don’t have the right to study abroad since it will beuseless.

CHAPTERIV: A Heretic and a Subversive

Setting

Onthe streets

Characters

CrisostomoIbarra, Lt.Guevarra

Summary

CrisostomoIbarra walked to his destination and realized the town has never changed. Lt.Guevarra followed and warned him to be careful so he’ll not be the same to hisfather’s unlucky fate. Crisotomo then insisted Lt. Guevarra to tell hisfather’s story. According to him, Crisostomo’s father was the richest man intheir town. He was respected but envied by some. Not longer Crisostomo left thecountry; Don Rafael made enemies and was falsely accused of killing someone. Hewas sent to jail and named as heretic and subversive. Lt. Guevarra tried his bestto help Don Rafael. They won the case but later on after his freedom, DonRafael died inside his jail cell. Lt.Guevarra stopped and told him that CaptainTiago will tell him more about his father.

CHAPTERV: A Star in the Dark Night

Setting

Fondade Lala; Captain Tiago’s house

Characters

CrisostomoIbarra, Maria Clara, Friar Damaso, Friar Salvi

Summary

CrisostomoIbarra arrives in Fonda de Lala where he will stay and appreciates from adistance the lively singing and noise around Captain Tiago's house, which couldbe seen from the hotel window. He was confused and thinks about his poorfather's death, and how life must have been extremely terrible for him inprison. Meanwhile, at the Captain'shouse, Maria Clara arrives. Friar Damasoshows great appreciation for the lady. Everyone stares at her most especiallyFriar Salvi who was late and was not able to join the supper.

CHAPTERVI: Captain Tiago

Setting

SanDiego

Characters

CaptainTiago, Pia Alba, Friar Damaso, Maria Clara, Aunt Isabel

Summary

CaptainTiago is one of the richest man in the town, he have a lot of business and oneof the most influential man. He is most likely powerful to the government and afriend to friars. He sees himself as a full Spanish and not a Filipino but heis short, has kayumanggi skin and rounded eyes. He and his wife, Dona Pia Alba,have been childless for years. Afterconsulting Friar Damaso, the priest advised them to attend holy mass at thetown of Ubando. Shortly after, Pia waswith child. But, she becomes sickly andtroubled for the entire duration of her pregnancy. She died after giving birth to a daughter,Maria Clara. Friar Damaso became her godfather when she was christened and wastaken cared by Aunt Isabel, the cousin of Captain Tiago. Maria Clara andCrisostomo Ibarra became childhood friends. Captain Tiago and Don Rafael weregood friends as well and they agreed that their children will get married.

CHAPTERVII: Idyll in an Azotea

Setting

Azoteain Captain Tiago’s house

Characters

CrisostomoIbarra, Maria Clara, Captain Tiago, Aunt Isabel

Summary

Earlyin the morning Aunt Isabel and Maria Clara attended the mass. After the mass,Maria Clara went home and sewed while impatiently waiting for CrisostomoIbarra. Finally he came and had time to have a private talk with Maria Clara atthe azotea of Captain Tiago's house.This is their first time to meet personally in seven years. They exchange thoughts, reminisced theirchildhood and prove that neither of them had forgotten their love to eachother. Suddenly Maria Clara open the letter Ibarra gave her before he left forEurope; she read it in front of him to see his reaction. In the letter statingwhy Don Rafael sent Ibarra to Europe, Crisostomo suddenly stood and blushed.Maria stopped reading and asked Ibarra why. Ibarra simply answered because ofMaria Clara, he forgot his task and needs to go now because tomorrow is AllSoul’s Day. Captain Tiago told Ibarra to tell Anding to fix their house in SanDiego since Aunt Isabel and Maria Clara will have vacation there. Ibarra noddedand left. Maria Clara felt sad and cried going to her room. His father followedher and told her to light two candles to San Roque and San Rafael, two Saintswhom they usually pray for safe trip.

CHAPTERVIII: Memories

Setting

Alongthe way to San Diego

Characters

CrisostomoIbarra, Friar Damaso, Captain Tinong, two daughters

Summary

FromCaptain Tiago's house, after a heartwarming conversation with Maria Clara,Ibarra continues on his way to the town of San Diego. In all of the places he passes through henotices no change in them since he left seven years ago. He noticed that theMariveles tree didn’t change in San Gabriel. In Escolta, he observed that it’seven worse. Along his way, he saw Friar Damaso inside the carriage. He also sawCaptain Tinong with his two daughters in another carriage and greeted Ibarra.He passed by Arroceros where tobacco are manufactured. He remembers that he wasfainted once because of the unpleasant smell of tobacco. When he passed by thebotanical garden, he forgot about the happy memories and remembers the gardenin Europe that is very eye-catching and welcoming. He sighs and viewed the oldManila surrounded by thick and mossy walls. Suddenly, he remembers the adviceof a friar before he leaves for Europe: (1) Knowledge is only reached by peoplewho have the heart (2) Knowledge must be nurtured so it will be passed by nextand (3) Foreigners come to our lands searching for gold, and you go must go totheir lands to look for the gold as well.

CHAPTERIX: Some Country Matters

Setting

CaptainTiago’s house

Characters

MariaClara, Aunt Isabel, Friar Damaso, Captain Tiago, Friar Sibyla, old Dominicanpriest

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Summary

WhileAunt Isabel waits for Maria Clara inside the carriage that were headed to thenunnery to fetch the maiden's things , Friar Damaso came whispering somethingand urgently entered the house .Aunt Isabel thought he was just memorizing hissermon for the mass. Friar Damaso meets Captain Tiago and tells him that heneeds to talk with him privately for a very important matter. Meanwhile, inIntramuros, Friar Sibyla is deep in conversation with an old Dominican priestinflicted with a serious illness. Friar Sibyla tells him about the conflictbetween Friar Damaso and Ibarra, they exchange thoughts about Ibarra.

FriarDamaso blames Captain Tiago for not being honest with him and threatens himthat he should tell him everything because he is the godfather of Maria Clara.After he left, Captain Tiago puts off the candles Maria Clara lighted for thetwo saints for Ibarra’s trip to San Diego.

CHAPTERX: The Town

Setting

Townof San Diego

Characters

OldSpaniard, Don Rafael, Don Saturnino, Friar Damaso

Summary

SanDiego is a town at the margin of the lake and within the meadows andpaddy-fields. Harvested sugar, rice, coffee and fruits were then sold to theChinese at a very cheap price. At the dome of the church, you can almost seethe whole town and one particular distinction is the forest within the fields,which holds many different fictions. Just like any town, San Diego also has itsown legend. Once, an old Spaniard arrived at the wood and inquired about itsowner. The old man then acquired the land in exchange for clothes, jewelry, andcash. Suddenly, the old man disappeared. The people thought that he was takenby the spirits but then, it was discovered by a shepherd of carabaos discovereda foul odor and was actually the old man’s corpse decaying hanging in theBallete tree. Sometime later, a young man claiming that he’s the son of thedeceased Spaniard. He was Don Saturnino. He devoted his time into cultivatingthe land. Not long, he married a young woman from Manila. She gave birth to DonRafael Ibarra, the father of Crisostomo. Unlike Don Saturnino, Don Rafael waslove by the country people. He was able to prosper his land, which brought innew settlers. The village eventually became a town and Father Damaso became itspriest after the previous priest died.

CHAPTERXI: The Sovereigns: Divide and Rule

Setting

SanDiego

Characters

DonRafael Ibarra, Captain Tiago, The town captain, Friar Salvi, The sacristan mayor,the alferez, Dona Consolacion

Summary

Thischapter describes the powerful people in the town of San Diego. Don Rafael is the father of Crisostomo.He is known as the most powerful man since he is the richest, he is highlyrespected but in the end, townspeople are against him. Captain Tiago is a richbusinessman, welcomed by musical band and offered with delightful foods if hevisits the town but at his back, people call him Sacristan Tiago. The town’scaptain is like a puppet and not considered as powerful since he bought hisposition for 5000 pesos and frequently yelled by the Mayor. San Diego issimilar to Rome and Italy for the competition for the position in the town.They are Friar Salvi, a thin and youthful Franciscan and the Alferez who’s alwayssurrounded by civil guards. Dona Consolacion is the wife of Alferez, a Filipinawho likes to wear make-up and in his husband’s absence she controls the civilguards. Friar Salvi and Alferez are the real powerful people in the town of SanDiego, they are called Casique.

CHAPTERXII: All Saint’s Day

Setting

Atthe cemetery

Characters

Twograve diggers, Don Rafael, old man

Summary

Thecemetery of San Diego is at the west side of the town, in the midst of thepaddy-fields. In the center rises a large wooden cross with the inscriptionINRI. At the foot of the cross is a pile of bones and skulls thrown bygrave-diggers. The cemetery looks spooky and uninhabited. On the further sideof the grave, two grave diggers were digging up a recently buried corpse. Onewas old and indifferent about what they were doing and the other was dreadful.The other exposed that a fat curate had ordered the corpse to be dug up andburied in the Chinese cemetery but was rejected.

Anold man then entered the cemetery and went straight to the pile of skulls andbones at the foot of the cross. It was hard for him to find his wife’s skull sohe asked for the grave diggers help in return for a coin but the grave diggerwas uninterested and gave him a different skull. Due to the heavy rain and thecorpse was heavy; they just decided to throw the body in the lake.

CHAPTERXIII: A Gathering Storm

Setting

Atthe cemetery

Characters

CrisostomoIbarra, old gravedigger, Friar Salvi

Summary

CrisostomoIbarra went to the cemetery to visit his father’s grave. The old gravediggeradmitted that his father’s remains is no longer there and the curate was theone who ordered them to dig up the corpse of Don Rafael and then thrown intothe lake. Ibarra left and was furious about what he knew. In his way, he metFriar Salvi who is now the curate and attacked him with harsh words and forcinghim to kneel before him for belittling his father’s grave. Friar Salvi talksback and said it wasn’t him then confessed that it was Friar Damaso who’s thecurate during that time and is responsible for that ill act.

CHAPTERXIV: Philosopher Tacio

Setting

SanDiego: cemetery, church, town

Characters

PhilosopherAnastacio, Basilio, Crispin, Don Felipo, Doray

Summary

PhilosopherTacio was called Don Anastacio before. He always wanders around and looks likeno sense of direction. He visited the cemetery to find the destroyed grave ofhis wife. He is known as lunatic by the poor. He is a son of rich but becauseof his high intelligence, his mother stopped him from going to school becauseshe was worried he might get too much knowledge and might forget that there isGod. His mother also wants him to become a priest but he didn’t followed andlater on married but after a year his wife died. There, he focused himself tobooks and never mind the riches he inherited.

Taciowent to the church and saw Basilio and Crispin. He informed the two sacristansthat their mother is preparing them a festive dinner. He went out the churchand headed to the house of the couple Don Felipo and Doray. In theirconversation Doray mentioned about purgatory since it’s already All Soul’s Day.Tacio defends that he don’t believe in purgatory but it’s good because it’sholy and there’s a lot good results to the people since it’s like a connectionof the living and dead.

Hethen left because the rain is getting heavier with lightning and thunders. Butdespite the weather, Tacio raised his two hands and shouts while walking in therain leaving the couple behind.

CHAPTERXV: The Altar Boys

Setting

Church

Characters

Crispin,Basilio, Sacristan Mayor

Summary

Inspite of the storm, the two altar brothers Basilio and Crispin had to go up thebell tower of the church to ring the bells at eight in the evening. They onlyget two pesos salary for a month for working in the church. Both boys talkedabout the parish priest's lost silver. All they want is to go home to taketheir supper. Crispin, the younger one, was blamed for having allegedly stolenthe money since their father is a drunkard and gambler. The mayor won’t letthem go if they didn’t return the stolen money, he was so angry then evenpenalized Basilio for 3 pesos for not ringing the bell pleasantly. Crispin wastortured by the priest and the sacristan mayor.Basilio luckily escaped.

CHAPTERXVI: Sisa

Setting

Sisa’shouse

Characters

Sisa,husband, Basilio

Summary

It’salready late in the evening and everyone in San Diego seems asleep but Sisa isstill awake in her small hut outside the town where Philosopher Tacio’s houseis also located. Sisa is so unfortunate for marrying an irresponsible husband.Because of this only Sisa is working and taking care of the boys. She was evenforced to sell all her jewelries and pearls she possesses when she’s still amaiden to provide food for family. Despite her husband’s attitude she stillunderstands and tolerates him. To her, husband is her God and angels are herchildren.

Thatnight, Sisa patiently waited for her two boys to come home. She had already prepared supper that’s samelike the friars. But instead of Basilioand Crispin it was her husband, a drunkard and a gambler, who walked throughthe door and ate almost all the food she prepared, leaving nothing for theirsons. He went on a rampage, and lefttelling his wife that if the boys ever brought home some money she should leavesome for him. Sisa can’t do anything butcry and cook the anchovies since she knows her sons will come hungry andtired. Minutes later Basilio arrived, outof breath and bleeding.

CHAPTERXVII: Basilio

Setting

Sisa’shouse

Characters

Sisa,Basilio

Summary

Basiliocame home drenched with blood and runs to her mother’s arms. He told her motherthat the civil guards are chasing him and tried to stop him but he kept runningso they fired a bullet to him which he was wounded. Basilio also told hismother that Crispin was left in the convent and admits that Crispin was accusedof stealing money but he didn’t mentioned about him being punished by theSacristan Mayor and the friar. Sisa felt sad and cried because of what he heardabout Crispin, she sent Basilio to sleep since if their father comes seeingthem, they’ll just be beaten .Basilio requested that three of them would bebetter without their father. Sisa deep inside her felt pain about what his sonsaid.

AsBasilio is sleeping, he had a nightmare. In his dreams, Crispin died in thecruel hands of the friar and Sacristan Mayor. Sisa woke him up because of hisloud cry and asked him what he dreamt. Basilio didn’t tell her and instead toldabout his plans for them: to end them working in the convent; to ask forIbarra’s help to hire him as a caretaker of his animals; and if he’s big enoughwould ask Ibarra to give him a piece of land where they can farm. According toBasilio, it will make their living better if ever his plans will succeed. Sisawas delighted about his good plans for their better life but secretly criedbecause her husband wasn’t included in Basilio’s plans.

CHAPTERXVIII: Souls in Anguish

Setting

Convent

Characters

Sisa, Sacristans

Summary

Thatmorning, people noticed that Friar Salvi is sick while he had the mass thismorning. It is All Souls' Day, and thestreets are filled with people talking about plenary indulgence and all otherreligious practices and beliefs relating to the holiday. The young widows and workers are busy talkingand they didn’t notice when Sisa arrived. She makes her way to the convent tofetch her son Crispin and expecting Crispin’s voice but she is told that the boyis not there and that the little thief had stolen money and escaped. Sisabreaks down in tears and left the convent with her confused mind.

CHAPTERXIX: The Travails of a Schoolmaster

Setting

Inthe lake

Characters

CrisostomoIbarra, Schoolteacher

Summary

Theteacher in the town of San Diego accompanies Ibarra to the part in the lakewhere Don Rafael's body was found, and there Ibarra pays respects to the memoryof his father. The schoolteacher mentions to Crisostomo the great help of DonRafael in providing for children's needs for education in San Diego.

Theschoolteacher also mentioned about Friar Damaso who always intervene in thedecisions and rules of the school. When the schoolteacher grew ill he stoppedteaching and when he returned for his service, his students became few and thecurate wasn’t Friar Damaso anymore so he felt at ease and confidence, he triedto translate in Filipino the books written in Spanish and added more subjectsto teach the children.

Thestory moves Ibarra, and so he decides to build a school for the kids. This, he says, will do great honor andjustice to the memory of his father.

CHAPTERXX: The Meeting in the Town hall

Setting

Townhall

Characters

CrisostomoIbarra, Don Felipo, old conservative group, liberated group, Captain Basilyo

Summary

Thetown hall is a place where authoritative people held their meetings. From thelake, Ibarra and the school teacher made their way to the town hall and themeeting about the feast is about to begin. There are people deciding on whattype of celebration that must be held, Don Felipo is the one who organized themeeting and there are two types of political party in the town, the oldconservative group and the liberated youths. They are discussing about thecoming feast of San Diego. The meeting came to different topics and CaptainBasilyo requests them to make their statements brief, because time is gold andthey were running out of time. Don Felipo then presented the proposal about theexpenses; they rejected it and the old conservative group proposed that theyshould save money for the feast; no need for fireworks and the comedy showshould present social behaviors to diminish wicked manners. But then thediscussion came to end and the captain said they should just agree to what thefriar wants. The final decision is to have six processions, three homilies,three high mass and comedy show at Tondo. The two groups just agreed to it.

CHAPTERXXI: A Mother’s Story

Setting

Alongthe streets

Characters

Sisa, Civil guards,

Summary

Sisais confused to what the civil guards told her and runs all the way home. Shekept worrying how she can save her two sons and that she desperately wants toprotect them from the civil guards. When she was near her home she saw twocivil guards leaving their home, she felt released because Basilio wasn’t withthem. The civil guards asked Sisa where they kept the money Crispin stole. Theyforce her to admit it but then even Sisa tried to please them, they didn’t hearand carelessly dragged her to the headquarters. Sisa nearly dies of shame from the sharpstares of the people who just finished the mass. Meanwhile, the Alferez wastroubled and then command the guards to let Sisa out. She went back again theirhouse and called her sons names but there were no signs of them. She becamenervous and her body uncontrollably shaking when he sees Basilio’s shirt withblood stained on it. The next day she wandered along the streets crying,shouting and all the people sees her with fright.

CHAPTERXXII: Lights and Shadow

Setting

Townof San Diego

Characters

MariaClara, Crisostomo Ibarra, Aunt Isabel, Friar Salvi, Sisa and her husband

Summary

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MariaClara is together with her Aunt Isabel or the feast in San Diego. Everyone wastalking about and excited to see a glimpse of her since it’s been long timesince she got back to her birthplace. And everyone loves her for beingsweet-natured, kind and beautiful. Friar Salvi is among the people who werewithdrawn since her arrival. When Ibarra came, a lot even talked about them andIbarra always visit her. She was glad because they’ll have picnic tomorrow andshe begged him not to invite Friar Salvi but Ibarra insisted the Friar shouldbe there since it can’t be avoided. On Ibarra’s way home, he met Sisa and her husbandseeking for help for their sons. But Ibarra, don’t have enough time to talkwith them.

CHAPTERXXIII: The Fishing Excursion

Setting

Onthe lake

Characters

MariaClara, Crisostomo Ibarra, Elias, Maria’s friends

Summary

Itspicnic day and early in the morning they go on the lake using a boat rideheaded for the forest. Everyone isenjoying the fun and excitement. Maria is with her friends Iday, Victorina,Sinang and Neneng. While they are waiting for the food to be cooked, MariaClara sings a patriotic melody. Thisstirs the emotions of everyone there, but most especially kindles sadness inthe hearts of Elias and Ibarra. Ibarra remembers the pain of losing his fatherin ways more cruel than he could have imagined, and Elias recalls his painfulpast. They tried to catch fishes in the lake but not a single fish was caught.They said that the lake is not a good place for fishing since some crocodilesjust live nearby and frightened all the fish away. A crocodile suddenly appearsand Elias tried to get rid of it but when it nearly kills him, Crisostomo jumpsoff the boat and takes on the monster, saving Elias's life. They continuedfishing and they caught a lot then went to the forest that Ibarra owns.

CHAPTERXXIV: In the woods

Setting

Inthe forest

Characters

Maria Clara, Crisostomo Ibarra, Elias,Maria’s friends, Friar Salvi, Sisa, Civil guards

Summary

FriarSalvi goes through the mass hurriedly in order to join in the picnic, as Ibarrahad invited him. When he arrives hesecretly follows the ladies around as they look for a certain bird's nest. He was so happy and plans to follow them butthen he proceeds to the picnic area where the fun is. Suddenly Sisa came,Ibarra offered her food but Sisa hurriedly went away. In the middle of all theinteresting amusement, the civil guards arrive in search of Elias. Although they are unable to capture the manand he is nowhere to be found, the ladies decided to go home.

CHAPTERXXV: In the Philosopher’s home

Setting

House ofPhilosopher Tacio

Characters

CrisostomoIbarra, Philosopher Tacio,

Summary

Ibarravisits the home of Philosopher Tacio that looks almost like a library with all hismany books and he saw him writing heirographics in Filipino. They talked about a variety of things likelanguage, history, geography, and nature.They also talk about Elias and how the picnic went the day before. Ibarra learns that it was Dona Consolacion,the "muse of the civil guards," who ordered Elias's arrest. Crisostomo tells the old man the reason forhis visit to ask for advice regarding his plans of building a schoolhouse.Philosopher Tacio responds by telling Ibarra that he had come to the wrongperson; that he should rather consult Friar Salvi, the captain, and all theother men in office. Asking for their advice,Philosopher Tacio does not necessarily mean that Ibarra has to follow them,only that the latter must make it seem like he has high regard for theiropinion on the matter. Ibarra mentioned about building a schoolhouse and hewants his advice, Philosopher Tacio was overwhelmed and further advises him tokeep his head down among the friars.

CHAPTERXXVI: The Eve of the Feast

Setting

SanDiego

Characters

CrisostomoIbarra, Nol Juan, Philosopher Tacio

Summary

Onthe 10th of November, the streets of San Diego are bedazzled withcolorful decorations, there are fireworks, majestic music played by the bands,and all the kitchens are busy preparing for varieties of delicious foods. Tothe house of the rich, the foods are all served including ham and duck, beersand wines from Europe. During feast, all foods served are for everyone. In thetown plaza, they fixed a stage for the comedy show of Tondo. Crisostomo Ibarrais busy working out the plans for the new schoolhouse. His architect, Nol Juan,observes the unique rafter that will be used to put down the cornerstone. Thenhe explains the schoolhouse they are building, one side for the boys and theother for the girls. In this project, a lot of rich people offered help butrejected it since it’s not for the church.By this, Crisostomo Ibarra becomes the role model of the children theperson they would want to become when they grow up. Ibarra confidently reports to PhilosopherTacio the obvious success of his new project.The sage in return responds, "If you are greeted with smiles, bemore watchful of enemies hiding in the shadows”.

CHAPTERXXVII: At Nightfall

Setting

SanDiego

Characters

MariaClara, Captain Tiago, Crisostomo Ibarra, leper, Sisa

Summary

Everyonewas enjoying the feast and among all the people, Captain Tiago’s banquet is themost abundant and he did that on purpose because of Maria Clara and CrisostomoIbarra’s noble work. Ibarra’s name spread like wildfire and even got praises inthe newspapers around Manila. Maria asked permission from her father to go outwith her friend and Ibarra; he let her but advised her to come back beforesupper because Friar Damaso will be joining them. Captain Tiago also invitedIbarra but he reasoned out that they are waiting for guests in their home.

Mariaand Ibarra went out with Iday and Victoria and at their back her Aunt Isabel.Along the way they meet an old leper.Out of pity, Maria Clara gives to the leper her scapular as a gift.Suddenly Sisa came and held the leper’s arms, showed him the lights in thechurch and told him that his son Basilio is there then pointed at the light ofthe convent saying Crispin is there. Then she left singing, the leper also leftwith his basket. To what Maria witnessed, she just whispered that there arereally unfortunate ones.

CHAPTERXXVIII: Letters

Setting

SanDiego

Characters

MariaClara

Summary

The newspapersin Manila describes about the feast happening at San Diego and no any town canbe compared to how grand and fanciful the feast. In the feast, they wonderedwhy Ibarra wasn’t around. Rumors of him being sick made Maria Clara worried soshe writes a letter to Ibarra because she hasn’t seen him. She stated thatshe’ll pray and will light a candle for him for his recovery. She also asked ifhe can visit her tomorrow.

CHAPTERXXIX: The Morning

Setting

SanDiego

Characters

PhilosopherTacio, Lieutenant, Don Felipo, Maria, Ibarra, Captain Tiago, Spaniards,townspeople

Summary

Earlyin the morning, the bands played music, the bells ring ad there are fireworks, andthe people woke up. They all put on their best dresses and embellished withexpensive jewelries except for Philosopher Tacio. The Lieutenant greeted himand he answered that too much happiness is like throwing money. Don Felipoagreed to it but can’t do anything because it’s what the captain and the curatewants. The people are excited to hear what Friar Damaso will talk in the mass.

8 inthe morning, the procession started and can exactly determine who’s poor andrich by their clothes. The procession simultaneously began with fireworks andchurch songs. The procession passed by the house of Captain Tiago where he isthere together with Maria, Ibarra and the other Spaniards. Friar Salve ignoredthe people he knows and just put his head up.

CHAPTERXXX: In the Church

Setting

Church

Characters

Townspeople,Alferez, Civil guards, Friar Damaso, Sacristans

Summary

A hugenumber of people gathered in the church and everyone wants to touch the holywater. The sermon is paid for P250 including the comedy show that will performfor three nights. They feel okay to pay even it’s very expensive and the oncewho will watch the comedy will go to hell while the ones who will listen to thesermon will go to heaven. The Alferez is late, and the mass does not startuntil after he arrives. When the Alferez came with his civil guards and somepeople thought he’s wearing like a comedian. Friar Damaso begins the mass andeveryone puts their attention to the mass and eagerly wants to listen.

CHAPTERXXXI: The Sermon

Setting

Church

Characters

FriarDamaso, Friars, church goers, Ibarra, Elias

Summary

FriarDamaso proves that he can deliver the sermon in both Spanish and Tagalog. FriarSibyla and Friar Martin are amazed to how he delivers the words. The sermon hastwo parts: the first one is in Spanish, and the second in Tagalog. Friar Damaso only prepares for the firstpart, which unfortunately also turns into a disaster when he inserts cunningcomments about Ibarra when he saw him seat in the corner. The friar's dictatorbecomes lost in his reading, since there are no notes written there regardingsuch hateful accusations against the youth.When time comes to start the second part of the sermon, which is inTagalog, Damaso does not conduct it very well, thinking that none of thenatives understand proper rhetoric. Thefriar overhears a student in the crowd remark that the he is probably speakingGreek, and Friar Damaso becomes furious.A lot became sleepy, Captain Tiago yawns and Maria wasn’t listening atall since she’s busy looking at Ibarra where he’s seated. Friar Salvi signals Friar Damaso to end thesermon but he still continued it. Elias approaches Ibarra right after thesermon ends and whispers, "During the blessing, do not depart from wherethe curate (Friar Salvi) stands; do not descend down the excavation; do notapproach the cornerstone because it is a matter of life and death." Eliasleft.

CHAPTERXXXII: The Hoist

Setting

Schoolhousesite

Characters

NolJuan, Ibarra, yellowish man, Elias, Philosopher Tacio

Summary

NolJuan praises the great workmanship done by the yellowish man on the pulley. Theyellowish man is most likely suffering from malaria, which was a common diseaseduring those days, or a disorder of the liver. When asked where he learned suchskills, the youth replies that he was taught by his father who learned it froma Don Saturnino. The yellowish man's father was a worker of Don Saturnino,Crisostomo's great-grandfather, who might have undergone great torture,suffering, and forced labor while he was in service.

Elias, disguised as a local farmer, observesthat the yellowish man is apparently impatient and nervous as he grasps ontothe rope of the pulley bearing the cornerstone.Elias positions himself beside the yellow man in eagerness, and winks atIbarra to remind him of the warning he said earlier during the mass. Later when Ibarra descends to the quarry, thebeam of the pulley suddenly breaks, letting loose the cornerstone which crushesthe yellowish man to death, but leaves Ibarra unharmed. Philosopher Tacio was among the ones whowitnessed it and whispers it’s a bad start.

CHAPTERXXXIII: Free Thinker

Setting

Ibarra’shome

Characters

Ibarra,Elias

Summary

CrisostomoIbarra went home to change his clothes. Elias arrived and told Ibarra that hehad just returned the favor for saving him before. Elias arrives. He goes on to remind him not to hint to thosepeople in power the warning that Elias gave him earlier in the church. Elias explains that it would be better forIbarra if his enemies thought he wasn't ready.Ibarra is astonished and he had no idea he had enemies. Actually Ibarra’s enemies are everywherebecause of his ancestors and also because of his plan in building the school.Elias doubted the yellow man because he never asks any higher salary despitethe incredible things he knows. Ibarra was saddened because he might have a lotof things to do with his life because of his skills. Ibarra tries to discoverwho Elias is, if he finished his schooling or what. But Elias left since heknew that there will be a lot of people who wants to talk with him. He toldIbarra that he’ll always be there since he has that debt of gratitude to him.

CHAPTERXXXIV: The Luncheon

Setting

Schoolhouse

Characters

Ibarra,alferez, Captain Tiago, Friar Damaso, Friar Salvi, Maria Clara

Summary

CrisostomoIbarra returns to the schoolhouse. Thefamous people in the town gathers, Ibarra and the mayor are seated on eitherside of the long table at dinner. Alsoin attendance are Captain Tiago, the alferez, and the town captain. Captain Tiago receives a letter, informinghim that the captain general will be visiting his house. Tiago excuses himself right away. The guestsnotice that Friar Damaso is not there.Talk eventually centers on the priest's sermon during the mass. Only Friar Salvi remains silent and motionlessin his seat. When Friar Damaso arrives,the dinner is just about finished. Thepriest starts declaring insults with the intention of enraging and provokingIbarra, but the he remains prudent the entire time. However, when Damaso starts mocking the nameof Don Rafael, Ibarra loses his calm and attacks the friar, holding a knife tohis throat. Maria Clara stops Ibarrabefore he could do further hurt the friar, causing Ibarra to drop the knife andleaves the place.

CHAPTERXXXV: The Comment

Setting

SanDiego

Characters

Townspeople,Don Felipo, Kapitana Maria

Summary

Newsspreads about Ibarra and Friar Damaso’s encounter. There are even rumors claiming that the friaris already dead. There are those whopraise Ibarra, like Don Felipo and those who find mistake in Ibarra's lack ofprudence. Most of the mothers talk amongthemselves, assured that Ibarra's soul is surely condemned to burn in hellafter what he did to a man of God. Thereare other women, too, who are on his side like Kapitana Maria who claims thatif her two sons were in Ibarra's shoes, she wouldn't be ashamed of it. According to her, it is a rare and honorableoccurrence when a son defends the name of his parents, even if they are alreadydead. Most of the townspeople think thatnot only will Ibarra be excommunicated; he is also bound to be considered afilibuster. Others said that the building of the school house will be canceledsince he is labeled as a filibuster by the Friar.

CHAPTERXXXVI: The First Cloud

Setting

CaptainTiago’s house

Characters

CaptainTiago, Friar Damaso, Captain General, Maria Clara, Aunt Isabel

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Summary

CrisostomoIbarra is excommunicated, as punishment for his cruel and shameful treatment ofFriar Damaso. Maria Clara breaks down intears, and Captain Tiago visits her in the convent. Maria and Ibarra are not allowed to meet nortalk to each other. There, Damaso makes clear to Tiago that the plannedmarriage between Ibarra and Maria Clara is to be invalidated. According toFriar Damaso, Tiago will be hanged and after his death his soul will gostraight to hell. Friar Damaso wants Maria to marry a Spaniard, a relative ofhis who will be visiting from Spain. Maria cries and told Captain Tiago thatchanging a lover is not the same like changing clothes.

Suddenlythe captain general arrives at the house and everyone became hectic. Aunt Isabel entered her room asking Maria who stays in solitude insiderher room to dress up because the captain general wants to talk with her.

CHAPTERXXXVII: His Excellency

Setting

CaptainTiago’s house

Characters

CaptainTiago, Captain General, Crisostomo Ibarra, Maria Clara, Sinang, youth

Summary

The first person the captain generalwishes to see is Ibarra. However, since Ibarra is still to be called upon, hisExcellency instead addresses the matter of a youth who had gone into afistfight with Friar Damaso the day before, after he had insulted thesermon.The Friars came andwhen the general asks where Friar Damasois, he is told that the friar is bedridden in the convent. His Excellency thenspeaks with Maria Clara.He thanks her for having stopped Ibarrafrom killing the friar, and asks her to name the reward she would wish toreceive for such a noble act.Ibarra arrives shortly, and discusses withthe captain general.They exchange opinions and ideas, and thegeneral grows very fond of the youth.His Excellency promises totalk with the Archbishop regarding Ibarra's case so that the latter's state ofexcommunication may be lifted. He asks about Ibarra's marriage with MariaClara, and offers to be godfather during the wedding ceremony. Ibarra went tofind Maria, he knocked in her room but instead Sinang showed up then said he’lljust write his letters to her. Ibarra was confused.

CHAPTERXXXVIII: The Procession

Setting

SanDiego

Characters

CaptainTiago, Crisostomo Ibarra, Captain General, Maria Clara, Friar Salvi,Philosopher Tacio

Summary

Another procession is held, where the towndisplays the images ofSt.John,St.Francis,San Diego, and the Virgin. There are so many fireworks and looks likeeveryone is carrying a lighted lantern. The captain walks together with the mayor, Captain Tiago, andCrisostomo Ibarra. They watch theprocession from the captain's balcony.When the statue of the Virgin Mary passes by Tiago's house, Maria Clarasings "Ave Maria" in a melody so sad that would cause one to ponderupon the cause of such miserable. Friar Salvi stopped when he heard thebeautiful voice of Maria while Ibarra felt sad. Ibarradoesn't know that Captain Tiago had agreed to Friar Damaso's move to nullifytheir planned marriage; Maria Clara on the other hand, is not aware that Tiagoconsented to the captain general's request of being godfather at the wedding.Philosopher Tacio sees the ragged and poorclothingofthe saints and sarcastically remarks that the saints would be ashamed if theywould see the lifestyle of their fellow servants of God. CaptainGeneral invited Ibarra to join them later in dinner to discuss the loss ofCrispin and Basilio.

CHAPTERXXXIX: Dona Consolacion

Setting

TheAlferez house

Characters

DonaConsolacion, Sisa, Alferez, civil guards

Summary

In thehouse of the alferez, all the windows are closed even the procession passed bytheir home. The Alferez won’t allow his wife to attend mass because he’sactually ashamed to show off the vile and horrible image of his wife.

Sisa,who was taken into custody for creating social disturbance, has been in thebarracks for two days now. Sisa hearsMaria Clara's mournful song, and sings a sad ballad herself. The civil guards stay silent, listening. Dona Consolacion hears the woman, and forcesher to sing and dance for her own amusement.When Sisa won’t follow her orders, he would whip her and her thinclothes were torn. Dona Consolacion feels happy to what she’s doing since shepassed her madness to her. The alferez arrives shortly, and commands hisservant to dress Sisa, feed her, give her a suitable bed for the night, andthen bring her to Ibarra the following day.

CHAPTERXL: Right and Might

Setting

TownPlaza

Characters

DonFelipo, Philosopher Tacio, Maria and friend, Ibarra, Friar Salve, CaptainGeneral, the Alferez

Summary

At 10o’clock in the evening, the fireworks began. The townspeople were preparingthemselves for the play; Don Felipo was ruling over the show and was talkingwith Philosopher Tacio over his resignation. However, the Mayor was unwillingto accept it and would talk about it after the feast. When Maria Clara and herfriends arrived, they end their discussion as Don Felipo escorted the ladies totheir seats. The curate and some Spaniards followed them. When Ibarra arrivedafter the first scene, he heard all the murmurs of people but never minded it. FatherSalve immediately ordered him to be sent out but Don Felipo reasoned thatIbarra is one of the heaviest contributors of the play and has a right to bethere as long as he doesn’t disturb the peace. And another reason is he’s beenin a long conversation with the Captain General and the Alferez so there’snothing to worry about. The curate went as far as threatening that if is not putout, they would leave. Don Felipo did not give in still and so they were forcedto leave.

Twocivil guards came and asked Don Felipo to stop the show because the Alferez andhis wife can’t sleep but he just ignored it. Later on the people there was acommotion. It just stopped when Elias and Ibarra calmed the people down but thenewspaper writer wrote that it was Father Salvi who was responsible for calmingthe mob. For which, the town would be forever thankful.

CHAPTERXLI: Two Visitors

Setting

Ibarra’laboratory

Characters

Ibarra,Elias, Lucas

Summary

WhileIbarra passes time in his laboratory, later on his servant came in and told himhe have a visitor, it was Elias with the news of Maria Clara's illness. The lady had apparently caught fever. Ibarra asks Elias how he was able to stop theriot the night before. Shortly afterElias leaves, Ibarra heads toward Captain Tiago's house to visit MariaClara. Along the way he comes acrossLucas, the brother of the yellowish man who had attempted to kill Ibarra, whoasks him for money for his grieving family.Ibarra, aggravated, tells the man to return in the afternoon. Lucasfollowed Ibarra with his eyes and murmurs he really is an Ibarra like hisancestors who let his family suffer but if Ibarra pays him a huge amount,they’ll be friends.

CHAPTERXLII: The Espadana Couple

Setting

CaptainTiago’s house

Characters

Espadanacouple, Maria, Linares, Friar Damaso

Summary

CaptainTiago requested for Don Tiburio’s services because Maria Clara is sick. Don Tiburcio, a Spanish marine who ended up in thePhilippines after being unable to continue his duties due to an accident thatrendered him a cripple. He and his wife Dona Victorina arrive at CapitanTiago's house together with a young Spanish gentleman, Linares. Suddenly Friar Salve came andthey introduced him to Linares. While waiting for the coming of Friar Damaso,fake doctor Don Tiburcio gave Maria medications. They introduce Linares toMaria and he was so struck by her beauty. Friar Damaso came even though he justcame from sick.

CHAPTERXLVIII: Plans

Setting

CaptainTiago’s house

Characters

EspadanaCouple, Maria, Friar Damaso, Friar Salve, Lucas

Summary

AfterDon Tiburcio de Espadana checks on Maria Clara and gives her a prescription,Friar Damaso arrives and talks with her, he breaks down in tears telling Mariawon’t die. Maria was shocked to how the friar acted. He went to the balcony andcried like a child, they said he’s such a good godfather to Maria. The friar is introduced to Linares, and summonsup a plan to arrange the marriage to Maria Clara.

Meanwhile,Lucas is formulating a plan to harm Ibarra.Friar Salvi also has plans of his own. Lucas greeted him and talkedabout his brother’s death that Ibarra only gave him P500. Friar Salvi waspissed off and said he’s lucky Ibarra didn’t put him to jail.

CHAPTERXLIV: An Examination of Conscience

Setting

Maria’sroom

Characters

FriarSalvi, Maria Clara, Dona Victorina

Summary

FriarSalvi is alone with Maria Clara for the confession. She just talked all abouther mother that she never even had a chance to see her mother since she diedwhen it gave birth to Maria. She begins to feel well after a few hours, andaccording to Dona Victorina, it was all because of Don Tiburcio's skill andexpertise. Friar Salvi, on the otherhand, says that it was because of her confession that made her well. When the friar leaves Maria Clara's room, heappears rather pale and is covered in perspiration knowing about Maria Clara’strue story of her birth, and the identity of her biological father.

CHAPTERXLV: The Fugitives

Setting

Forest

Characters

Elias,Captain Pablo

Summary

Eliasfinally succeeded in locating Captain Pablo. Elias told him that he had spentfifteen days looking for him from mountain to mountain and nearly travelled thewhole of two provinces. Before, Captain Pablo was the one who took care ofElias out of pity when he saw him wandering around, now it seems that theirsituation changed. Captain Pablo was then a rich man who belonged in a familyof fame and fortunate but when his daughter got raped by a friar, his familyfight back but they just been arrested and suffered. He was a coward but now hesaid that he’ll take revenge.

CHAPTERXLVI: The Cockpit

Setting

Cockpit

Characters

Tarsilo,Bruno, Lucas, Pedro

Summary

Sundaycame and everyone is in the cockpit. Tarsilo and Bruno who are brothers, areamong the audience. They wish to place their bets and join the fun, but theyhave no money with them. Lucas approaches the two boys and offers cash,reminding them of the revenge they have to exact upon those who caused thedeath of their beloved father and inviting them to join him in a rebellion heis planning to start. At first they refused but later on they see Lucas talkingto Pedro, wife of Sisa and the father of Basilio and Crispin. Pedro receivedsilver coins from Lucas. The brothers then decided to join and left after eachgetting thirty pesos from Lucas and will give them additional 10 of everymember they can recruit, they agreed to meet at the cemetery at eight in theevening. Lucas told them that Ibarra is the mastermind.

CHAPTERXLVII: Two Ladies

Setting

Alferezhouse

Characters

DonaVictorina, Dona Consolacion, Don Tiburcio, Alferez, Friar Salve

Summary

DonaVictorina keeps flashing her eccentric clothes on the streets even it wasn’tunpaved and dust all over her gown. Many young ladies they met admired herbeautiful gown. When she and Don Tiburcio pass by the house of the Alferez,Dona Consolacion secretly mocks and ridicules her and her crippled husband. Thetwo women start exchanging insults and almost get into a fight that is avoidedby the arrival of the Alferez and Padre Salvi. To defend her honor, DonaVictorina asks Linares to challenge the Alferez to a duel.

CHAPTERXLVIII: The Enigma

Setting

Schoolhouse

Characters

CrisostomoIbarra, Elias, Nol Juan, Maria, Linares

Summary

Thearchbishop pardons to Ibarra and removes the penalty of excommunication. Ibarrawent to see Maria to tell her about it but he sees Maria Clara with Linares andfelt jealous. He proceeds to visit his schoolhouse, which is still underconstruction. Nol Juan updates him on the recent progress of the building.Ibarra then spots Elias helping out in the construction, and requests to seethe full list of workers. When Nol Juan left, he approached Elias. Elias asksif he could speak with him later in the afternoon by the river and they agreed.He wants to talk to Ibarra regarding Captain Pablo and the rest of theprosecuted men. Elias walks away, and Nol Juan approaches Ibarra handing overto him the list of workers. Elias' name is not there.

CHAPTERXLIX: The Voice of the Persecuted

Setting

Riverside

Characters

Ibarra,Elias

Summary

CrisostomoIbarra goes to the riverside where he had agreed to meet with Elias. Eliastells him of the purpose of the meeting to address the concerns and needs ofthose who are hunted and persecuted. They demand respect for human rights, alittle more tranquility in the lives of the locals, and diminished power of thefriars and the civil guards. He asks Ibarra to find a way to diminish the powerof the friars and the civil guards but Ibarra refuses and says that the friarsand the civil guards are "necessary evils."

CHAPTERL: The Family of Elias

Setting

River

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Characters

Elias,Ibarra

Summary

Eliasnarrates his story and the disastrous lives of his ancestors, upon Ibarra'srequest. The story goes: Sixty years ago, Elias’s great-grandfather dwelt inManila and worked as a bookkeeper for a Spanish businessman. One night, a firebroke out in the workhouse and the cause was unknown, he was accused of arsonand was sentenced to be beaten in the streets, a punishment they call ‘caballoy vaca,’ which is a thousand times more dreadful than death itself. This lefthim crippled. In order to provide for the family his wife, still with child,was forced to enter into prostitution. One of their sons turned to thievery andlived the life of a bandit. Their other son eventually married a rich woman,and together they had twins, Elias and his sister, who were both educated inManila. However, the family's dark past surfaced eventually, and Elias and hissister lost all that they had. The girl suicide and Elias was left alone towander the streets as a hunted man.

CHAPTERLI: Exchanges

Setting

CaptainTiago’s house

Characters

MariaClara, Linares, Dona Victorina, Ibarra, Sinang

Summary

DonaVictorina wrote a letter to Linares, who is currently still living in CaptainTiago's house. She tells him that he have to duel with the alferez after threedays. If this plan does not push through, she says, she will tell Captain Tiagoof his lies and pretenses. Ibarra arrives and secretly asks Sinang to find away for him to talk with Maria Clara privately. He asked Sinang if Maria Clarais angry at him.

FriarSalvi tells Linares, Maria Clara, and Capitan Tiago that Ibarra’sexcommunication has been lifted, and the last obstacle is for Ibarra toapologize to Friar Damaso.

CHAPTERLII: The Card of the Dead and theShadows

Setting

Cemetery

Characters

Pedro,Tarsilo, Bruno, Elias, Lucas

Summary

Theroad to the cemetery is narrow; the moon is hiding behind dark clouds and itwas cold since it’s near December. Three men are talking. They are Pedro,Tarsilo, and Bruno. Pedro will attack the convent to avenge his wife and sons;the two brothers will head for the barracks to exact revenge upon the soldiers,who were responsible for their father's death. A few minutes later, Lucasarrives and instructs them to attack the barracks and the church. Elias, afterspying on Lucas, finds out about the plan that will incriminate Ibarra.

CHAPTERLIII: A Good day is foretold by themorning

Setting

Town ofSan Diego

Characters

PhilosopherTacio, Don Felipo

Summary

Newsspreads about the flickering lights and the moving shadows in the cemetery andthe people believe that it was the souls in purgatory mourning over their deadthat lighted the candles in the cemetery but there was only one light thatnight, from the match that Elias used to see his companions. Philosopher Tacio,who is bedridden at that time, converses with Don Felipo who has recentlyresigned from office. He wishes the mayor to continue in his fight. They alsotalk about the issue concerning the trouble with the civil guards, the friars,and Ibarra. After, Philosopher Tacio predicts his death, which he says willcome in a few days.

CHAPTERLIV: Discovery

Setting

SanDiego

Characters

Alferez,Friar Salve, Ibarra, Elias

Summary

Theangelus plays and people pause to pray but Friar Salve continued to walktowards the house of the alferez. They talked about that he heard about theplan for the rebellion and that the Alferez should prepare his men and requestsfrom him soldiers to guard the church.

Meanwhile,Elias rushes to Ibarra's house and explains that the plot had already beendiscovered, and Ibarra was accused of leading the rebellion. Elias immediatelytells him to run and escape, but not before burning all the documents, letters,and any evidence that would implicate him. In one of these letters, Eliasdiscovers that it was Ibarra's great grandfather who had accused his greatgrandfather of arson. Elias lives for only one purpose: To find and exactvengeance on the descendants of that cruel Spaniard who accused his greatgrandfather of a crime without any proof, which had then been the cause of hisfamily's disgrace. He now discovers that the man he was searching for was justCrisostomo Ibarra.

CHAPTERLV: The Catastrophe

Setting

SanDiego

Characters

CaptainTiago, Sinang, Maria Clara, Ibarra, Friar Salve

Summary

InCaptain Tiago’s house, they are taking their dinner including Friar Salve andLinares. Sinang approached Maria Clara, who is seated by the piano and hadrefused to eat and whispers something. Friar Salve is nervous pacing back andforth across the living room.

Ibarrahears shots fired near the convent and he rushes toward Captain Tiago's house;saw Maria Clara and she asked what the matter is. When Ibarra returns to hishouse, the civil guards arrest him. Elias then enters the empty quarters andburns all the evidence that could accuse Ibarra in the failed rebellion.

CHAPTERLVI: Fact and Fancy

Setting

SanDiego

Characters

FriarSalvi, Alferez, Don Felipo, Civil guards, Lucas

Summary

Therebellion failed and they were finding the suspects responsible for it. Theysuspect that the rebellion was headed by Captain Pablo. Rumor has it that DonFelipo was arrested. Some say that the civil guards had revolted in thebarracks, and that Friar Salvi had attacked the alferez. Word spreads thatIbarra had burned his entire house down and was plotting to kill Friar Salve.Lucas died from the rebellion, was believed to be suicide but was killed by thehead sacristan.

CHAPTERLVII: Woe to the Vanquished

Setting

Headquarters

Characters

Tarsilo,Andong, Friar Salvi

Summary

Tarsiloand Andong are the only two survivors caught from the rebellion. Friar Salviforced him to admit that Ibarra was the one behind the rebellion but he saidnothing but the reason why he joined was because he and his brother wants toavenge their father’s death from the hands of the soldiers. They let him sufferhoping that he’ll talk but they didn’t get anything from him so he was whippedand later on died. Andong got scared to what he saw so he said he’ll talk thatthe reason was he was there because his in-laws treat him bad and let him eatrotten foods. Friar Salvi was uninterested so he let him inside the quartersagain.

CHAPTERLVIII: The Culprit

Setting

Headquarters

Characters

Ibarra,prisoners, families of the prisoners, Philosopher Tacio

Summary

Thefamilies of those caught during the rebellion break down in tears in front ofthe headquarters. They ladies even tried to talk with the Alferez but didn’twork. They were all devastated. When the twenty prisoners are taken outside attwo in the afternoon, all of them are tied up except for Ibarra. From thecrowd, a lady shouted that why Ibarra not tied well in fact he’s the mastermindand they blame him for the dark fate of their loved ones in imprisonment.Ibarra was looking for a friend but not even Nol Juan, the schoolteacher, orCaptain Basilio is in sight. From a hilltop, Philosopher Tacio watches theprisoners leave. He couldn't go to them because of his ill health. The next dayPhilosopher Tacio is found dead.

CHAPTERLIX: Patriotism and Self-Interest

Setting

SanDiego

Characters

FriarSalvi, Captain Tinong

Summary

Thenews about the rebellion was all over the town and Manila many organizationscelebrate Friar Salvi's successful discovery of the rebellion. The people inthe government and the church hope for a big promotion of their offices becauseof the successful efforts to put a stop to the uprising. The friars blame itall on the Jesuits, who they claim had messed with the minds of the youth.

Meanwhilein Captain Tinong’s house, he and his wife were very much worried over the turnof events. The two then kept on debating and arguing about whose fault is it inbefriending Captain Tiago and even talking to Ibarra. Don Primitivo came andadvised them to give the Captain-General a Christmas present and to burn alldocuments that can use against him. Even the most innocent letter was notspared from being destroyed.

CHAPTERLX: Wedding Plans for Maria Clara

Setting

CaptainTiago’s house

Characters

CaptainTiago, Captain Tinong, Espadana couple, Linares, Ibarra, Maria Clara

Summary

Thesuspects are all in jail but except for Captain Tiago who’s very glad becauseno one noticed him and wasn’t accused. Captain Tinong is freed, but is terriblyill and does not want to go out of the house. Not even Don Primitivo himself,with all the wisdom of the ancients, could draw him out of his silence. TheEspadana couple and Linares arrive at Captain Tiago's house. They agree thatLinares and Maria Clara wed the soonest time possible, and Captain Tiagoimmediately attends to the wedding preparations the following day.

MariaClara goes to the azotea, Ibarra climbs up and tells the maiden how he feelsthat she has betrayed her but when she explained that she gave the letters inexchange of her mother’s letters, he had already forgiven her. She swears toIbarra that she’s only in love with him.

CHAPTERLXI: Pursuit in the Lake

Setting

Lake

Characters

Ibarra,Elias, Civil guards

Summary

Eliasand Ibarra are in the lake. The civil guards chased them, Elias jumps off theboat and mislead them He was shot and his garments are ripped off by thebullets fired by the civil guards. He still has the nerve to shake hands withIbarra, who is lying flat on the boat, and to tell him that he (Elias) willmeet Ibarra's great grandfather in the grave at Noche Buena, before leapinginto the water. The civil guards thought they shot Ibarra when they saw tracesof blood in the water.

CHAPTERLXII: Friar Damaso Explains

Setting

CaptainTiago’s house

Characters

MariaClara, Friar Damaso

Summary

Newsspread about the death of Ibarra when Maria knew about it, she was sad andbegan weeping. Friar Damaso arrives and surprises Maria cheerfully but henotices, however, that she is pale and upset. Maria Clara cries on hisshoulders and asks him to tell Captain Tiago cancel the wedding. She admits tohim that he met Ibarra on the azotea before his death, but didn’t mention thepart about knowing the true story of her birth. She asks Friar Damaso to granther permission to enter the nunnery and he approved.

CHAPTERLXIII: Christmas Eve

Setting

Forest

Characters

Basilio,Sisa, Elias

Summary

It wasChristmas Eve and Basilio returned to San Diego to look for his mother andreunites with her. This search ends inthe forest of the Ibarra’s where he found Sisa, but the two of them didn’t evenget a chance to speak with each other. She dies shortly after identifying herson. Minutes later, a weak and woundedElias arrives and orders Basilio to cremate his body and her mother’s body.Basilio said, “I shall die without seeing the dawn break upon my motherland. You, who shall see it, salute it! Do not forget those who have fallen duringthe night."

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Noli me Tangere is subdivided into 63 chapters, each are simultaneous from one another and explored lives of different characters embedded into single time frame and has interconnections. Originally, Noli me Tangere has 64 chapters.

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Originally published in Spanish in 1887, Noli Me Tángere (Touch Me Not) is the satirical fiction novel written by Filipino author and national hero Jose Rizal. Set in the Philippines, the story follows Juan Crisostomo Ibarra, a mestizo who ventures to revisit his past and watch history play out before his eyes.

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In late October, Don Santiago de los Santos, who is known as Captain Tiago, throws a large dinner party in Manila. He is very wealthy and, as such, the party takes place in his impressive home, to which people eagerly flock so as not to miss an important social event.

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