An older Filipina woman married to the ensign. Doña Consolación is a brutal, vulgar partner who berates the ensign, engaging him in intense physical fights heard across the town. It is well known that she makes many of the ensign’s decisions, and she even fuels his rivalry with Father Salví, encouraging her husband to take action against the priest to assert his dominance. Rizal depicts Doña Consolación as incredibly crass and very ugly, writing that her one “sterling trait” is that she seems to have “never looked in the mirror.” Much like Doña Victorina, with whom she eventually gets into an intense fight, she believes herself to be much more worthy of respect than she actually is, constantly deceiving herself in regards to her station in life. She even pretends to not remember her native language, Tagalog, instead speaking very bad Spanish.
Doña Consolación Character Timeline in Noli Me Tangere
The timeline below shows where the character Doña Consolación appears in Noli Me Tangere. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11: Sovereignty
Chapter 25: At the Philosopher’s House
...with Elías—the boatman—from “the Muse of the Civil Guard,” his term for the ensign’s wife, Doña Consolación , whom Ibarra neglected to invite to his party. Insulted, Doña Consolación heard about the... (full context)
Chapter 39: Doña Consolación
...leper, Sisa was transported to the military barracks, where she now sings sad songs that Doña Consolación hears. “Get her up here immediately!” the ensign’s wife orders her servants. When the madwoman... (full context)
Chapter 47: Two Ladies
...and he doesn’t compliment her dress. As they go by the ensign’s house, they see Doña Consolación smoking a cigar in the window. Victorina takes offense that the woman is staring at... (full context)
Chapter 57: Vae Victis
...an opium addict. The ensign, basking in his newfound glory, goes to Spain, leaving behind Doña Consolación , who succumbs to drinking and smoking. Father Salví, Rizal adds to this brief summary,... (full context)