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Candide, ou l'Optimisme is a French satire first published in by Voltaire, a philosopher of "Comparing Candide and X Out of Wonderland" (PDF). Free PDF, epub, Kindle ebook. Candide, or, Optimism is a French satire first published in by Voltaire. It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a. (3) Voltaire, Candide. a. Text. Translation in the pubic domain. VOLTAIRE. Candide; or Optimism translated from the German of DoctorRalph with the additions.

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CANDIDE. Voltaire. How Candide Escaped from the Bulgarians and What Befell Him How Candide Found His Old Master Pangloss Again and What. Project Gutenberg · 59, free ebooks · 50 by Voltaire. Candide by Voltaire. No cover available. Download; Bibrec. Voltaire's Adventures Before Candide · Read more Candide (Dover Thrift Editions). Read more · Candide (Webster's German Thesaurus Edition) · Read more.

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All the dogs of his farm—yards formed a pack of hounds at need; his grooms were his huntsmen; and the curate of the village was his grand almoner. They called him "My Lord," and laughed at all his stories.

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The Baron's lady weighed about three hundred and fifty pounds, and was therefore a person of great consideration, and she did the honours of the house with a dignity that commanded still greater respect. Her daughter Cunegonde was seventeen years of age, fresh—coloured, comely, plump, and desirable.

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The Baron's son seemed to be in every respect worthy of his father. The Preceptor Pangloss was the oracle of the family, and little Candide heard his lessons with all the good faith of his age and character. Pangloss was professor of metaphysico—theologico—cosmolo—nigology.

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He proved admirably that there is no effect without a cause, and that, in this best of all possible worlds, the Baron's castle was the most magnificent of castles, and his lady the best of all possible Baronesses. Observe, that the nose has been formed to bear spectacles—thus we have spectacles. Legs are visibly designed for stockings—and we have stockings. Stones were made to be hewn, and to construct castles—therefore my lord has a magnificent castle; for the greatest baron in the province ought to be the best lodged.

Pigs were made to be eaten—therefore we eat pork all the year round. Consequently they who assert that all is well have said a foolish thing, they should have said all is for the best.


He concluded that after the happiness of being born of Baron of Thunder—ten—Tronckh, the second degree of happiness was to be Miss Cunegonde, the third that of seeing her every day, and the fourth that of hearing Master Pangloss, the greatest philosopher of the whole province, and consequently of the whole world. One day Cunegonde, while walking near the castle, in a little wood which they called a park, saw between the bushes, Dr.

Pangloss giving a lesson in experimental natural philosophy to her mother's chamber—maid, a little brown wench, very pretty and very docile.

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As Miss Cunegonde had a great disposition for the sciences, she breathlessly observed the repeated experiments of which she was a witness; she clearly perceived the force of the Doctor's reasons, the effects, and the causes; she turned back greatly flurried, quite pensive, and filled with the desire to be learned; dreaming that she might well be a sufficient reason for young Candide, and he for her.

She met Candide on reaching the castle and blushed; Candide blushed also; she wished him good morrow in a faltering tone, and Candide spoke to her without knowing what he said. The next day after dinner, as they went from table, Cunegonde and Candide found themselves behind a screen; Cunegonde let fall her handkerchief, Candide picked it up, she took him innocently by the hand, the youth as innocently kissed the young lady's hand with particular vivacity, sensibility, and grace; their lips met, their eyes sparkled, their knees trembled, their hands strayed.

Baron Thunder—ten—Tronckh passed near the screen and beholding this cause and effect chased Candide from the castle with great kicks on the backside; Cunegonde fainted away; she was boxed on the ears by the Baroness, as soon as she came to herself; and all was consternation in this most magnificent and most agreeable of all possible castles.

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The two alternatives Martin proposes are exactly those that the characters have lived: chaos in their adventures, followed by disgust and idleness on the farm. They have wasted all the money Candide gave them, and are no happier than they were before: once again, Martin has been proven correct.

This is the novel's final dismissal of wealth as a means of achieving happiness, a recurrent theme in previous chapters. Active Themes Hoping to resolve their endless philosophical debates, Candide and the other remaining characters visit a wise Dervish.

Using Pangloss as a spokesperson, they ask the Dervish why man was made, and why there is evil in the world. The Dervish asks them why such questions are their business, and makes an enigmatic analogy to the discomfort of mice on a royal ship: what does the King care about how the mice are feeling?

With that, he shuts the door in their faces. The refusal of the Dervish to debate with Pangloss and the others suggests the uselessness of philosophy. His analogy about the mice implies that God is indifferent to the happiness of mankind, just as the King is indifferent to the happiness of the mice on his ship.

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Later, Candide, Martin and Pangloss meet a local farmer, who invites them into his house for a meal.