“We mortals are, in general, like tortoises: we value and classify ourselves according to our shells…” –Rizal

“We mortals are, in general, like tortoises: we value and classify ourselves according to our shells…” (p.6) was used to introduce an elabrate description of a high-society home boasting of religious art, Chinese lamps, “half-European” interior structures, chandeliers, a grand piano, to name a few.

What a clever metaphor to describe the blending of cultures in the Philippines during the late 19th century.

This begins my Noli Me Tangere posts of notes with the intention of summarizing everything afterwards.

Chp. 1

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