The management of the Dominican Hacienda continually raised the land rents until such time that Rizal’s father refused to pay his rent.
The Dominican Order filed a suit in court to dispossess the Rizal family of their lands in Calamba.
Tenants were persecuted
Jose’s letter to Soledad
I have caused much harm to our family, but at least there remains to us the consolation of knowing that the motive is not disgraceful nor does it humiliate any body
It raises us up and gives us more dignity in the eyes of our enemies themselves; to fall with the head high and the brow serene is not to fall, it is to triumph
The sad thing is to fall with the stain of dishonor
Letter to Ponce:
Graciano Lopez Jaena shold not got to Cuba but to our country to allow himself to be killed in defense of his ideals
We have only once to die, and if we do not die well, we lose an opportunity which will not again be presented to us.
DECISION TO GO TO MADRID
Rizal ignored the dire warning of his friends to return to the Philippines. No threat of danger could change his plan
Something happened that suddenly made him change his plan.
It was a letter from Paciano which related that they lost the case against the Dominicans in Manila, but they appealed it to the Supreme Court in Spain
Rizal wrote to del Pilar retaining the latter’s services as lawyer.
Jose informed del Pilar that he was going to Madrid to supervise the handling of the case
TO MY MUSE
A poem that represents Jose’s worries on the disasters experienced by his family
ROMANCE WITH PETITE JACOBY
Two things brought some measure of cheer to the despondent Rizal, as he was preparing for his trip to Madrid
FIRST: summertime festival in Belgium, which was celebrated in carnival style