He wound up participating in family activities, including daily chores and entertaining guests, and appreciated the fact that Pastor Ullmer and his family had a knack for deep discussions.
The pastor had a brilliant mind and was of strong character, which delighted Rizal.
Apart from the daily deep dives, there was also a rumor that he found inspiration in one of the pastor’s kids, and their relationship might have gone a tad beyond the bounds of friendship. She was so close to his heart as he was close to hers.” Given that loving household, Rizal had to learn the language to know more about the country, and the good pastor had no qualms helping him in that regard.
“Rizal was very willing to join Etta in watering the garden for over half an hour when the sun was rising,” Fritz mentioned. But instead of easing him into the German vernacular, Pastor Ullmer–perhaps out of respect for Rizal’s intellect–opted to lodge him in a bind in the way calculus jars the minds of students.
From there, he had to learn the ropes in the countries he intended to visit, as well as expand his knowledge base.
On the way to Madrid, Rizal had to go through several countries by ship, which included Singapore, Sri Lanka, Italy, and France.
What isn’t discussed all too often, however, is his trip to Europe, particularly his stay in Germany, through which he had forged bonds with people who would help him produce his iconic novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, and garner achievements that added to his already-glowing legacy.
Curious about that not-too-often-underscored part of the hero’s life, I attended Inspirien: The Life of Rizal in Germany, a forum that documented Rizal’s exploits in Berlin, Wilhelmsfeld, Barcelona, and other parts of Europe, held at the Enderun Amphitheater.
He taught the Filipino German by using William Tell, a book that was anything but basic.
Rizal eventually learned German, and that opened him up to other spheres of knowledge that the pastor was willing to impart.