The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Romances: Zadig; the Story of Johnny; the White Bull; the Man of Forty Crowns] - Vol. 2

The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Romances: Zadig; the Story of Johnny; the White Bull; the Man of Forty Crowns] - Vol. 2

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The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Romances: Zadig; the Story of Johnny; the White Bull; the Man of Forty Crowns] - Vol. 2

The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Romances: Zadig; the Story of Johnny; the White Bull; the Man of Forty Crowns] - Vol. 2

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ZADIG: THE MYSTERY OF FATE.

CHAPTER I.

THE BLIND OF ONE EYE.

There lived at Babylon, in the reign of King Moabdar, a young man, named Zadig, of a good natural disposition, strengthened and improved by education. Though rich and young, he had learned to moderate his passions. He had nothing stiff or affected in his behavior. He did not pretend to examine every action by the strict rules of reason, but was always ready to make proper allowances for the weakness of mankind. It was a matter of surprise that, notwithstanding his sprightly wit, he never exposed by his raillery those vague, incoherent, and noisy discourses; those rash censures, ignorant decisions, coarse jests, and all that empty jingle of words which at Babylon went by the name of conversation. He had learned, in the first book of Zoroaster, that self-love is a foot-ball swelled with wind, from which, when pierced, the most terrible tempests issue forth. Above all, Zadig never boasted of his conquests among the women, nor affected to entertain a contemptible opinion of the fair sex. He was generous, and was . . .

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