The title Noli Me Tangere is a Latin phrase which means “Touch Me Not.”
Rizal dedicated his Noli Me Tangere to the Philippines – “To My Fatherland.” His dedication run as follows: Recorded in the history of human sufferings is a cancer so malignant a character that the least touch irritates it and awakens in it the sharpest pains. Thus, how many times, when in the midst of modern civilizations I have wished to call thee before me, now to accompany me in memories, now to compare thee with other countries, hath thy dear image presented itself showing a social cancer like to that other!
Desiring thy welfare which is our own, andseeking the best treatment, I will do with thee whatthe ancients did with their sick, exposing them on thesteps of the temple so that every one who came toinvoke the Divinity might offer them a remedy. And to this end, I will strive to reproduce thycondition faithfully, without discriminations; I willraise a part of the veil that covers the evil, sacrificing totruth everything, even vanity itself, since, as thy son Iam conscious that I also suffer from thy defects andweaknesses.
The novel Noli Me Tangerecontains 63 chapters and anepilogue.
Major Characters Other characters Juan Crisostomo Padre Hernando de la María Clara Sibyla Capitán Tiago Padre Bernardo Salví Padre Dámaso El Alférez or Alperes Elías Doña Consolacíon Filosofo Tacio Don Tiburcio de Doña Victorina Espadaña – Sisa, Crispín, and Teniente Guevara Basilio Alfonso Linares
Non-recurring characters Tía Isabel Don Pedro Governor General Eibarramendia Don Filipo Lino Don Saturnino Ibarra Padre Manuel Salomé Martín Sinang Don Rafael Ibarra Iday, Neneng and Victoria Dona Pía Alba Capitán Basilio
Pedro Tandáng Pablo El hombre amarillo Lucas Bruno and Tarsilo Ñor Juan Capitana Tika (Rustica) Albino Capitana María Elena Hermano Pedro, Hermana Rufa, Hermana Sipa, Hermana Juana Sacristán Mayor Capitán Tinong and Capitán Valentín
The Noli Me Tangere, unlike many works of fictional literarture, was a true story of Philippine conditions during the last dacades of Spanish rule. The places, the characters, and the situations really existed. “The facts I narrate there,” said Rizal, “are all true and have happened; I can prove them.”
Missing Chapter of the NoliRizal’s Friends Praise the Noli