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El Filibusterismo: Summary and Analysis of Chapter 9 (Pilates)

Rumors about the misfortunes of Selo's family spread rapidly all over town.  People say the events are not their fault, and they could not have avoided such circumstances had they wished to.  They also comment, however, that if Cabesang Tales had only stayed home he would not have had himself abducted by bandits.  Hermana Penchang, on the other hand, has an entirely different opinion and says that the reason why God had allowed such turmoil to befall Selo's family is because they had not taught Juli the proper way of saying her prayers.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: Why is the chapter entitled "Pilates"?
Answer: Pontius Pilate condemned Christ to the cross even though he knew Jesus was not guilty of the charges against him.  Pilate merely followed the wishes of the people paid by friends of the thief Barabas.  Afterwards, he washed his hands and claimed that he had nothing to do with the entire thing.  In  this chapter, the alferez knows that the real reason why he had ordered Tales's weapons and firearms confiscated was only to calm the fears of those working in the land.  But it is because of this move that the cabeza was abducted, it is why Juli is now working as a servant girl, and it is why Selo has gone mute.  And the alferez claims he is not at fault.

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