Category: Noli Me Tangere

  • Noli Me Tangere: Chapter 57 – Vae Victis!

    Mi gozo en un pozo. Guards with forbidding mien paced to and fro in front of the door of the town hall, threatening with their rifle-butts the bold urchins who rose on tiptoe or climbed up on one another to see through the bars. The hall itself did not present that agreeable aspect it wore […]

  • Noli Me Tangere: Chapter 56 – Rumors and Beliefs

    Day dawned at last for the terrified town. The streets near the barracks and the town hail were still deserted and solitary, the houses showed no signs of life. Nevertheless, the wooden panel of a window was pushed back noisily and a child’s head was stretched out and turned from side to side, gazing about […]

  • Noli Me Tangere: Chapter 55 – The Catastrophe

    There in the dining-room Capitan Tiago, Linares, and Aunt Isabel were at supper, so that even in the sala the rattling of plates and dishes was plainly heard. Maria Clara had said that she was not hungry and had seated herself at the piano in company with the merry Sinang, who was murmuring mysterious words […]

  • Noli Me Tangere: Chapter 54 – Revelations

    The vesper bells are ringing, and at the holy sound all pause, drop their tasks, and uncover. The laborer returning from the fields ceases the song with which he was pacing his carabao and murmurs a prayer, the women in the street cross themselves and move their lips affectedly so that none may doubt their […]

  • Noli Me Tangere: Chapter 53 – Il Buon Dí Si Conosce Da Mattina[137]

    Early the next morning the report spread through the town that many lights had been seen in the cemetery on the previous night. The leader of the Venerable Tertiary Order spoke of lighted candles, of their shape and size, and, although he could not fix the exact number, had counted more than twenty. Sister Sipa, […]

  • Noli Me Tangere: Chapter 52 – The Cards of the Dead and the Shadows

    The moon was hidden in a cloudy sky while a cold wind, precursor of the approaching December, swept the dry leaves and dust about in the narrow pathway leading to the cemetery. Three shadowy forms were conversing in low tones under the arch of the gateway. “Have you spoken to Elias?” asked a voice. “No, […]

  • Noli Me Tangere: Chapter 51 – Exchanges

    The bashful Linares was anxious and ill at ease. He had just received from Doña Victorina a letter which ran thus: DEER COZIN within 3 days i expec to here from you if the alferes has killed you or you him i dont want anuther day to pass befour that broot has his punishment if […]

  • Noli Me Tangere: Chapter 50 – Elias’s Story

    “Some sixty years ago my grandfather dwelt in Manila, being employed as a bookkeeper in a Spanish commercial house. He was then very young, was married, and had a son. One night from some unknown cause the warehouse burned down. The fire was communicated to the dwelling of his employer and from there to many […]

  • Noli Me Tangere: Chapter 49 – The Voice of the Hunted

    As the sun was sinking below the horizon Ibarra stepped into Elias’s banka at the shore of the lake. The youth looked out of humor. “Pardon me, sir,” said Elias sadly, on seeing him, “that I have been so bold as to make this appointment. I wanted to talk to you freely and so I […]

  • Noli Me Tangere: Chapter 48 – The Enigma

    Volverán las oscuras golondrinas.[130] BECQUER. As Lucas had foretold, Ibarra arrived on the following day. His first visit was to the family of Capitan Tiago for the purpose of seeing Maria Clara and informing her that his Grace had reconciled him with religion, and that he brought to the curate a letter of recommendation in […]