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Here’s the story of Jose Rizal and Gertrude Beckett.

JOSE RIZAL – Here is the story of Jose Rizal and his whirlwind romance with Gertrude Beckett during his stay in London.

Gertrude Beckett is a girl from London with probably the accent like that of Hermione Granger from the movie series Harry Potter. Among the girls who became a part of Jose Rizal’s life, she is considered as one of the most beautiful with her cheerful blue eyes, brown hair, rosy cheeks, and thin lips. She is the eldest of the Gertrude sisters.

Jose Rizal

From Japan and United States, Rizal’s next destination was London in May 1888. He met Gertrude because she is the daughter of his landlord—Charles Beckett – an organist at St. Paul’s Church in the capital city of United Kingdom.

She fell in love with him and became his helping hand to finish his artworks such as ‘Prometheus Bound’, ‘The Triumph of Death over Life,’ and ‘The Triumph of Science over Death.’ He called her “Gettie” while she was calling him “Pettie”.

Some said that it was just one-sided all along because Rizal was not able to reciprocate her feelings. He left London on March 19, 1889 so that Gertrude may forget him and as what his compatriots have said, he left because he was running away from a girl. But before leaving, Rizal, as a remembrance, finished up a his composite carving of the heads of the Beckett sisters.


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