Chapter 28: - Page 6 of 6

Correspondence

(English version of “Noli Me Tangere”)

Ibarra had received a perfumed note which Andeng, Maria Clara’s foster-sister, delivered to him on the evening of the first day of the fiesta.  This note said:

CRISOSTOMO,—It has been over a day since you have shown yourself.  I have heard that you are ill and have prayed for you and lighted two candles, although papa says that you are not seriously ill.  Last night and today I’ve been bored by requests to play on the piano and by invitations to dance. I didn’t know before that there are so many tiresome people in the world! If it were not for Padre Damaso, who tries to entertain me by talking to me and telling me many things, I would have shut myself up in my room and gone to sleep.  Write me what the matter is with you and I’ll tell papa to visit you.  For the present I send Andeng to make you some tea, as she knows how to prepare it well, probably better than your servants do.

MARIA CLARA.

P.S. If you don’t come tomorrow, I won’t go to the ceremony. Vale!

Learn this Filipino word:

malapad ang papél