Doctor de Espadaña’s nephew from Spain. Linares has a law degree and is the most intelligent member of the de Espadaña family, a fact that endears him to Doña Victorina. Eager to use Linares as a means of climbing the social ladder, the family encourages him to lie to Father Dámaso, telling the priest that he is the godson of one of the priest’s close friends. Linares gives Dámaso a letter—presumably forged, though this is never made clear—from his friend that asks him to find the young man a job and a wife. Seeing an opportunity to ensure that his daughter, María Clara, doesn’t marry the disgraced Ibarra, Father Dámaso arranges her engagement to Linares.
The timeline below shows where the character Linares appears in Noli Me Tangere. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 42: The De Espadañas
Chapter 43: Plans
...to his goddaughter’s bed and says, “María, my child, you cannot die!” with tearful eyes. Linares then gives Dámaso a letter from his brother-in-law, who Linares says is his godfather. He... (full context)
Chapter 47: Two Ladies
Chapter 48: An Enigma
...tell her that his excommunication has been lifted. When he arrives, he finds her with Linares. Confused, he says he’ll come back another time, noting a strange look of hesitancy on... (full context)
Chapter 51: Changes
...She also tells him that Captain Tiago and Father Dámaso want María Clara to marry Linares, but she hasn’t yet decided. At Ibarra’s request, Sinang agrees to arrange a meeting between... (full context)
Chapter 56: What is Said and What is Believed
...get revenge on Captain Tiago for calling off his wedding and engaging María Clara to Linares. Elsewhere, Lucas’s body is found hanging from an apple tree. Disguised as a peasant, Elías... (full context)
Chapter 60: María Clara Weds
Chapter 62: Father Dámaso Explains Himself