The Grapes of Wrath
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The civil law prescribed in cholera cases immediate burial, and the health-officers demanded it. A poor man in such an emergency might well have been distracted between conflicting decrees of church and state. It seems that in other such cases when the head of the family obeyed the civil precepts Jose Rizal heard nothing of sacrilege. His father was the next victim. In his case the plain purpose was rain, to be achieved by means suggested to ill minds through an out-cropping of one man's childish malice. From homely incidents like these we see the Philippines as they were and illuminate again the unforgettable pages of Rizal's stories. Aggrieved members of the governing class must have joyed to learn of so excellent an opportunity to salve their hurts, also, in this medicament of revenge. Rizal was in London when the news reached him of the petty vengeance wreaked upon the body of his brother-in-law.