At the end of October 1881, Ibarra arrived in the Philippines after studying abroad for years. He attended the party organized by Captain Tiago.
Death of Crispin
Ibarra spoke with San Diego's schoolmaster about his plans to establish a school in the town, learning of his obstacles in educating the town's children.
Maria Clara can't marry Linares
Ibarra was arrested by the Guardia Civil. Later on, Ibarra was cursed by the townspeople when he was led out of his cell to be transferred to the provincial capital. Ibarra was broken out of prison by Elias, and the two traveled to Capitan Tiago's house.
Maria became a nun
After Crispin was accused of theft, he was tortured and died in the convent. He left his brother Basilio and his mother, Sisa went crazy.
María Clara tells Father Dámaso that she can't marry Linares, the man she is now engaged to, and threatens to commit suicide if she is not allowed to enter a convent. Because a newspaper reported Ibarra is dead, she cannot bear the thought of being married to another man.
The novel ended with Maria Clara becoming a nun in Santa Clara nunnery. Fr. Damaso was later found dead on his bed and Captain Tiago became an opium addict.