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Noli Me Tangere: Summary and Analysis of Elias and Salome (The Missing Chapter)

Salome waits desperately for Elias, thinking that he would pass by the water any time soon.  Elias, however, is nowhere to be seen because he is in fact hiding from the authorities who are currently patrolling the lake.  When the two finally get to meet, Salome tells the youth of her plan to move to Mindoro and live with her relatives, and requests that he go with her.  Elias, however, refuses her offer because he does not want her to be entangled with the tragedies and troubles of his past.  He tells the lady that she must marry an honorable and respectable man, one whom she truly deserves and who can make her happy.

Points of Note:
“Elias and Salome” was originally the twenty-fifth chapter of the Noli.  However, Rizal removed it during the actual printing of the book due to financial constraints.

Elias is better known from previous chapters as the pilot of the boat ridden by Crisostomo Ibarra and his companions around the lake.

Salome is a young girl of seventeen years, who lives by the edge of the lake.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: What is Salome doing while waiting for Elias?
Answer: She is sewing a shirt of brilliant colors and transparent weave.

Question: How would you describe Salome with regard to her raiment?
Answer: She is a modest young lady, wearing worn-out clothes that are nonetheless clean and decent.  Her garments are covered with patches, which she most likely stitched herself, and the only accessories she has on her are a comb made from turtle shell on her hair, and a black rosary around her neck.

Question: How would you describe Salome in matters of beauty?
Answer:  Hers is a soft and sweet beauty, which does not particularly attract attention at first sight.

Question: From where does Elias appear if not from the lake?
Answer: He appears from around the bank, carrying firewood and some bananas.

Question: Based on Elias and Salome’s conversation, what does Elias think of Maria Clara?
Answer: He thinks that she is very beautiful and kindhearted.

Question: Why does Salome break down in tears?
Answer: She cries in sadness at the thought of having to leave her home and live in Mindoro with her relatives.

Question: Why does Salome have to live in Mindoro?
Answer:  It is not good that she lives alone at the edge of the lake.

Question: Explain this line by Elias: “Farewell, Salome, the sun is gone, and as you think it is not good that the neighbors can say that the night has caught me here…”
Answer: Elias now has to leave Salome’s home because night is falling, and it is against common propriety during that time that an unmarried man and woman spend the evening together, especially since Salome is alone in her house.

Question: What does Salome say about leaving her home? 
Answer:  She says that to leave a home where one has been born and raised is much more than to leave half of one’s own self.

Question: What final request does Salome have for Elias?  Why?
Answer: She asks him to live in her home by the lake because:
1)     It will make Elias think of her and remember her often.
2)     It will not make her think, while she is far away, that her beloved home has been carried away by the waves into the lake.
3)     When she visits the memory of her childhood home, the image of her beloved Elias will be there to accompany it.
4)     It would be to him as if they were living there together.


  1. What is the symbolism of Salome?

    1. Salome is an example of the Filipino woman's loyalty and modesty. Rizal often drew his characters from real people in his life, and it is believed that Salome is a shadow of Leonor Rivera.

  2. to whom we compare tha character of elias today ?

    1. Elias is representative of the common Filipino who feels the injustice in his country and yearns to make something out of himself to help free his people from oppression of all sorts and forms. Authorities in the study of Rizal's work suppose that Elias could have been inspired by the character of Andres Bonifacio.

  3. Why does Salome live alone?

  4. Salome is an orphan. She lived with both her parents before they passed away. This can be determined from the text in the actual chapter which states, "When I did not know you, when my poor mother lived, the morning and the evening were for me the best that God had created:... the morning, because I would see the sun rising, reflecting itself on the waters of the lake in whose dark depths rests my father"

    It is also narrated in the chapter that she has relatives in Mindoro: "Because it is not good that I live alone. I will go and live with my relatives in Mindoro."

    As to why she chose to live alone even after the passing of her parents, we can only deduce that it had something to do with the debts her mother left unsettled: "....soon I will be able to pay the debts my mother left me when she died; the town fiesta comes, and my chickens and turkeys are well-fattened."

    It is clear she does not want to leave the house also for personal reasons, which are secondary but must be noted nonetheless: "To leave a home where one has been born and raised is much more than to leave half of one's own self...the flowers, the gardens, my doves!"

    You can find the full chapter here:

  5. Are there any tagalog versions of this summary?

    1. We are still working on publishing Tagalog versions.

  6. why elias is hiding from the authorites in noli?

    1. The authorities were hunting Elias because he had assaulted Padre Damaso and had thrown the alferez into a ditch.

  7. Is this part of the story important in the novel?

    1. It gives a good back story, yes. But its existence isn't critical to the main plot, which is probably why Rizal felt it was safe to remove the chapter from the first published manuscript.

  8. kanino maihahalintulad sa kasalukuyan si elias? bakit?

    1. Elias can be likened to the modern heroes of today's society who give up their personal interests for the interest of the nation. A number of public figures and politicians continue to be labeled as corrupt and wanting only self-gain, however there are still some less popular people who work in the shadows and care not whether they receive fame or fortune so long as they advance their cause for the common good. Some research on those names would be helpful.

  9. Who is the Father of Salome? Is there a "reading between the lines" when she mentioned " the morning, because I would see the sun rising, reflecting itself on the waters of the lake in whose dark depths rests my father"

    1. I think you can find it in El Filibusterismo


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