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Noli Me Tangere: Summary and Analysis of Chapter 39 (Doña Consolacion)


Summary:
In the house of the alferez, all the windows are closed.  Inside, servants and workers alike get the ominous feeling that the Dona Consolacion is again conjuring up an evil plan of some sort.  Sisa, who was taken into custody for creating social unrest, has been in the barracks for two days now.  She hears Maria Clara's mournful song, and sings a sad ballad herself.  The civil guards stay silent, listening.  Dona Consolacion hears the woman, and forces the latter to sing and dance for her own amusement.  The alferez arrives shortly, and commands his servant to clothe Sisa, feed her, give her a suitable bed for the night, and then bring her to Ibarra the following day.

Points of Note:
Dona Consolacion is one of the most hideous and unpleasant characters created by Rizal.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: What is Dona Consolacion's nationality?
Answer: She may be of Spanish descent, an offspring of one of the indigenous women molested by Spanish soldiers.  However she is also obviously a native of the Philippines.  She appears to be Ilocano, as suggested by her inclination to tobacco.

Question: Why doesn't the alferez allow his wife to attend mass?
Answer: It is the day of the fiesta, and many foreign guests are in attendance.  The alferez is ashamed to show off the loathsome and detestable image of his wife.

Question: Why does Dona Consolacion command Sisa to stop singing?
Answer: Sisa's sad song stirs her emotions.  Here we see that a melody can touch even a heart that has virtually turned to stone.

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