Noli Me Tangere/II: Crisostomo Ibarra

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Crisostomo Ibarra is the second chapter in Noli Me Tangere. Rizal introduced Crisostomo Ibarra, the main protagonist of the novel, physically and some of his past. The chapter opened as a continuity of Chapter 1. Crisostomo Ibarra, or simply Ibarra is given full treatment by Kapitan Tiyago and other guests, with the exception of Padre Damaso due to some unknown reasons. The novel ended with the announcement of the dinner.


  • Crisostomo Ibarra
  • Kapitan Tiyago
  • Tenyente Guevara
  • Padre Sibyla
  • Padre Damaso
  • Padre Salvi
  • Kapitan Tinong
  • Don Tiburcio de Espadaña
  • Doña Victorina de Espadaña
  • Minor characters


The guests in the lobby continued to be merry and engaged in lively discussions. All of them stopped and were surprised to see Kapitan Tiyago arriving with Crisostomo Ibarra, who just came back from Europe. Few of the guests were impressed of this young man, except Padre Damaso who turned pale and stared glaringly at Ibarra. The Lieutenant to greeted the newcomer and the owner of the house while Padre Damaso did not accept Ibarra's offer to give him a handshake. When another man greeted Ibarra and praised his deceased father, Padre Damaso walked out.

Nobody dared to introduce Ibarra to the young ladies, so he insisted to present himself to the ladies through German customs. However, nobody paid attention to him. He went to the gentlemen to introduce himself, again, this time, they were impressed by this young man. He saw Kapitan Tinong and invited to him to come over his house the next day for lunch, but he denied the invitation saying that he needs to do more important appointment that day.

A maid entered the lobby and announced that the dinner is ready.