Rizals Love Affair to Josephine Bracken

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Helouise P.Vallecer
Karielle Mareez H. Mamungay
Rizette Jade O. Araneta
Miel Marie F.Atilano
Jester lendl Cruz


In this article of Rizal’s love affair to Josephine Bracken it is studied on how and why they met. How do they leave each others side from the time of the first glance of Rizal’s eye to Josephine.


Sweet foreigner?
While on exile in Dapitan, Zamboanga, in early February 1895, Rizal met an 18-year-old petite Irish girl, with bold blue eyes, brown hair and a happy disposition. She was Josephine Bracken, the adopted daughter of George Taufer who had traveled to
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Some reports say that frightened he was about to lose the one person who would take care of him, he sized a razor threatening to cut his throat, and had to be restrained by Rizal. Later Taufer decided to return to Hong Kong. Josephine accompanied him as far as Manila and then went back to Rizal at Talisay. (George Taufer died in 1897 and is believed to be buried in the Catholic Cemetery, Happy Valley.)

Section 5. At Talisay

What caused Rizal to fall for Josephine has been the subject of much speculation. It is fair to describe her as an ordinary woman, not very well educated, from a relatively common background. In contrast Rizal came from a solid middle class, highly educated family. As well as being a doctor, a surgeon and a novelist, he was among other things, an accomplished poet, artist and polyglot; he has, with good reason, been described as a genius. For Josephine’s part it is easy to see the attraction. It seems her life with her aged adoptive father had become increasingly difficult; it would have been natural for her to try to make a life of her own. For Rizal’s part, it is claimed that he had come to believe that he would never be allowed to leave his place of exile; despondent and with his defences down he became involved with a person that, had his circumstances been normal, he would not have been attracted to. But it is

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