Number of pages: 87
Rating: 4 out of 5
Pangloss was professor of metaphysico-theologico-cosmolo-nigology. 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…”It is demonstrable,” said he, “that things cannot be otherwise than as they are; for all being created for an end, all is necessarily for the best end.” (p.1,2)
He sounds just like a professor or two that I had in my undergraduate years.
The tender, loving Candide, seeing his beautiful Cunegonde embrowned, with blood-shot eyes, withered neck, wrinkled cheeks, and rough, red arms recoiled three paces, seized with horror, and then advanced out of good manners. She embraced Candide and her brother; they embraced the old woman, and Candide ransomed them both.” (p. 82).
“Can there be two religions?” said he (an old man in El Dorado). “We have, I believe, the religion of all the world: we worship God night and morning.”“Do you worship but one God?” said Cacambo, who still acted as interpreter in representing Candide’s doubts.“Surely,” said the old man, “There are not two, nor three, nor four. I must confess the people from your side of the world ask very extraordinary questions.”Candide was not yet tired of interrogating the good old man; he wanted to know in what manner they prayed to God in El Dorado.“We do not pray to Him,” said the worthy sage; “we have nothing to ask of Him; He has given us all we need, and we return Him thanks without ceasing.”Candide having a curiosity to see the priests asked where they were. The good old man smiled.“My friend,” said he, “we are all priests. The King and the heads of families sing solemn canticles of thanksgiving every morning, accompanied by five or six thousand musicians.”“What! have you no monks who teach, who dispute, who govern, who cabal, and who burn people that are not of their opinion?” (p. 44)
“There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God.” Ecclesiastes 2:24
An apt conclusion, I think, even from a worn traveller who has finally discovered wisdom on his path.