The governor general enjoys a brief respite in Los Baños together with his advisers and some friars. After a long and rather intellectual game of cards, the governor opens a discussion regarding the plan of the youth to put up a Spanish academy and requests his advisers to express their opinions regarding the matter. Because of the men's opposing views, no decision is made whether to approve it or not. A few moments later the governor general orders the release of Selo in exchange for his son, Tales.
Points of Note:
Teaching during that time was mostly in the hands of the Dominicans. There is marked rivalry between the Dominicans and the Jesuits.
Padre Sibyla is the rector of the University of Santo Tomas, and the Dominicans are not in favor of the plan to build a Spanish academy. Padre Irene on the other hand is supporting the youth in their noble endeavor.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: Why can't the governor general hunt deer or fowl in the forest?
Answer: There is a band of musicians following him wherever he goes.
Question: What social problem does Rizal bring to light during the hunt?
Answer: Adulation for those in power. The plan to have a man dress up as a deer is almost put into effect just so the governor general could shoot one down. Having a band during the hunt is another proof of such moronic flattery.
Question: Why is Padre Camorra angered at the scene of the two friars gambling against the governor general?
Answer: He doesn't realize that the two friars are intentionally letting the governor win in order to keep the official in a good mood, thereby increasing their chances of winning the general's side on the matter of putting up a Spanish academy.