Chapter 7

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CHAPTER VII – An Idyl on an Azotea The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s. That morning Aunt Isabel and Maria Clara went early to mass, the latter elegantly dressed and wearing a rosary of blue beads, which partly served as a bracelet for her, and the former with her spectacles in order to read […] Read more »

Noli Me Tangere: Chapter 6 – Capitan Tiago

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Thy will be done on earth. While our characters are deep in slumber or busy with their breakfasts, let us turn our attention to Capitan Tiago. We have never had the honor of being his guest, so it is neither our right nor our duty to pass him by slightingly, even under the stress of […] Read more »

Noli Me Tangere: Chapter 5 – A Star in a Dark Night

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Ibarra went to his room, which overlooked the river, and dropping into a chair gazed out into the vast expanse of the heavens spread before him through the open window. The house on the opposite bank was profusely lighted, and gay strains of music, largely from stringed instruments, were borne across the river even to […] Read more »

Chapter 4

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Noli Me Tangere CHAPTER IV Heretic and Filibuster Ibarra stood undecided for a moment. The night breeze, which during those months blows cool enough in Manila, seemed to drive from his forehead the light cloud that had darkened it. He took off his hat and drew a deep breath. Carriages flashed by, public rigs moved […] Read more »

Chapter 3

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Noli Me Tangere CHAPTER III – The Dinner Jele, jele, bago quiere.[27] Fray Sibyla seemed to be very content as he moved along tranquilly with the look of disdain no longer playing about his thin, refined lips. He even condescended to speak to the lame doctor, De Espadaña, who answered in monosyllables only, as he […] Read more »

Chapter 2

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Noli Me Tangere CHAPTER II – Crisostomo Ibarra It was not two beautiful and well-gowned young women that attracted the attention of all, even including Fray Sibyla, nor was it his Excellency the Captain-General with his staff, that the lieutenant should start from his abstraction and take a couple of steps forward, or that Fray […] Read more »

Chapter 1

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Noli Me Tangere: Chapter 1 – A Social Gathering On the last of October Don Santiago de los Santos, popularly known as Capitan Tiago, gave a dinner. In spite of the fact that, contrary to his usual custom, he had made the announcement only that afternoon, it was already the sole topic of conversation in […] Read more »