Noli

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The Noli Me Tangere by Jose P. Rizal, national hero of the Philippines, is the novel with the greatest impact on Filipino political thinking in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the widest influence on contemporary fiction, drama, opera, dance and film. Its popularity was rooted in its reflection of the times in which it was written, and has continued because of the characters Rizal created, set in situations that still ring true today. Rizal finished the Noli in 1887, and published 2,000 copies in Berlin. Many thousands more have since circulated, in the original Spanish, and in translations into German, French, Chinese, English, Filipino, and other Philippine languages. Chapter 1 (A Social Gathering) - On the month of October, Capitan Tiago (whose whole name is Don Santiago de los Santos) is organizing a luxurious feast. It will be held in his home, which is located in the town of San Diego; more specifically, in Anloage Street. The guests arrive that evening, greeted by Tiya Isabel, the cousin of Capitan Tiago. Friar Damaso, Friar Salvi, Lt. Guevarra (captain of the civil guard), and a foreigner with red hair from another country are some of the important guests that come to the gathering. Many other guests come, most of them uninvited. Before the evening meal, people talk among themselves and discuss different issues of interest. Chapter 2 (Crisostomo Ibarra) - Captain Tiago introduces Juan Crisostomo Ibarra, whose clothes clearly depicted he was in grief. Ibarra is the main character in the story, who has just returned to the Philippines from 7 years of studying in Europe. Crisostomo warmly greets Friar Damaso who has a good friend of his father, Don Rafael; however the friar denies the existence of this close relationship. Lt. Guevarra approaches Ibarra and welcomes him, adding, "I hope your fate will be much better than your father's." Chapter 3 (The Dinner) - The guests gather at the dining table. Friar Damaso and Friar Sibyla both rush for the seat...
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