Chapter 30: - Page 2 of 7


(English version of “El Filibusterismo”)

It’s an infallible remedy, but you must apply the holy water to the part affected, she concluded.

But there were many persons who did not believe in these things, nor did they attribute Basilio’s imprisonment to the chastisement of God. Nor did they take any stock in insurrections and pasquinades, knowing the prudent and ultra-pacific character of the boy, but preferred to ascribe it to revenge on the part of the friars, because of his having rescued from servitude Juli, the daughter of a tulisan who was the mortal enemy of a certain powerful corporation.  As they had quite a poor idea of the morality of that same corporation and could recall cases of petty revenge, their conjecture was believed to have more probability and justification.

What a good thing I did when I drove her from my house! said Sister Penchang.  I don’t want to have any trouble with the friars, so I urged her to find the money.

The truth was, however, that she regretted Juli’s liberty, for Juli prayed and fasted for her, and if she had stayed a longer time, would also have done penance.  Why, if the curates pray for us and Christ died for our sins, couldn’t Juli do the same for Sister Penchang?  

When the news reached the hut where the poor Juli and her grandfather lived, the girl had to have it repeated to her.  She stared at Sister Bali, who was telling it, as though without comprehension, without ability to collect her thoughts.  Her ears buzzed, she felt a sinking at the heart and had a vague presentiment that this event would have a disastrous influence on her own future.  Yet she tried to seize upon a ray of hope, she smiled, thinking that Sister Bali was joking with her, a rather strong joke, to be sure, but she forgave her beforehand if she would acknowledge that it was such.  But Sister Bali made a cross with one of her thumbs and a forefinger, and kissed it, to prove that she was telling the truth.  Then the smile faded forever from the girl’s lips, she turned pale, frightfully pale, she felt her strength leave her and for the first time in her life she lost consciousness, falling into a swoon.

When by dint of blows, pinches, dashes of water, crosses, and the application of sacred palms, the girl recovered and remembered the situation, silent tears sprang from her eyes, drop by drop, without sobs, without laments, without complaints! She thought about Basilio, who had had no other protector than Capitan Tiago, and who now, with the Capitan dead, was left completely unprotected and in prison.  In the Philippines it is a well-known fact that patrons are needed for everything, from the time one is christened until one dies, in order to get justice, to secure a passport, or to develop an industry.  As it was said that his imprisonment was due to revenge on account of herself and her father, the girl’s sorrow turned to desperation.  Now it was her duty to liberate him, as he had done in rescuing her from servitude, and the inner voice which suggested the idea offered to her imagination a horrible means.

Padre Camorra, the curate, whispered the voice.  Juli gnawed at her lips and became lost in gloomy meditation.

Learn this Filipino word:

malambót ang ilóng