A teacher whom Don Rafael supported, helping him find a house and enabling him to properly do his job. The schoolmaster tells Ibarra about the unfortunate circumstances in San Diego surrounding education, which greatly inhibit the town’s students. Because the current classroom is in the parish house, the lessons are heavily monitored by the priest. The schoolmaster tells Ibarra about his experience trying to conduct class when Father Dámaso was the town’s friar; during this period, Dámaso forbade him from teaching Spanish even though the government had written a decree that all students must learn the language. It is in conversation with this man that Ibarra first reveals his plan to build a new school independent of the friars. Though grateful for his help, the schoolmaster is pessimistic that Ibarra will have more success in establishing a strong secular academy than he or anybody else has had in the past.
The timeline below shows where the character The Schoolmaster appears in Noli Me Tangere. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 19: Adventures of a Schoolmaster