These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
The Woobie: Basilio. The most 'innocent' of the students, at least according to one other character. Yet he ends up being the one doing the most jail time for a political stir he had almost nothing to do with. He ends up not graduating from medical school, his benefactor Kapitan Tiago dies, and his fiancee Juli commits suicide after she tries to save him by asking the local parish priest to intervene—-only to end up almost getting raped. Did anyone mention that he already has quite the backstory as detailed in the first book?