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Noli Me Tangere: Summary and Analysis of Chapter 3 (The Dinner)


Summary:
The guests gather at the dining table.  Friar Damaso and Friar Sibyla both rush for the seat at the head of the table.  The rest of the seats are occupied, and Crisostomo Ibarra notices Captain Tiago is not seated in any of them.  Ibarra offers the Captain his seat, but the latter refuses.  This is the time Ibarra realizes that the dinner was in fact arranged in  his honor.  Friar Damaso is enraged when Ibarra is served the meaty part of the chicken at dinner, while his was the skinny neck.  Soon after, Ibarra leaves the scene without waiting for the arrival of his love interest, Maria Clara.

Points of Note:
Friar Damaso is no longer the parish priest of the town of San Diego, but is present at the dinner because he is the confessor of the Captain's late wife.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: Why did Ibarra feel that his motherland had somehow forgotten him?
Answer: For over a year he heard no news from the Philippines. Not one of his friends even wrote to him about the death of his father, Don Rafael.

Question: Why were many Filipino children deprived of education during the Spanish regime?
Answer: The Spanish friars made the Filipinos believe that those of them who were educated were easy target for demonic influence.



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