The Works of Voltaire: A Contemporary Version [Introduction; Candide; Political Dissertations] - Vol. 1

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resistance, and, according to the rules of war, the Arabs, who found themselves to be the strongest side, massacred us all without mercy. There perished about five hundred persons in this attack, among whom were about a dozen pregnant women. For my part I had only my skull split and an arm cut off; I did not die, for all this, and I still found that everything went for the best. But as to yourself, my dear Candide, why is it that you have a wooden leg?" Upon this Candide began and gave an account of his adventures. Our philosophers turned together towards the Propontis and enlivened their journey by discoursing on physical and moral evil, free will and predestination, monads and pre-established harmony.


CHAPTER X.

CANDIDE AND PANGLOSS ARRIVE AT THE PROPONTIS—
WHAT THEY SAW THERE—WHAT BECAME OF
THEM.

O CANDIDE!" said Pangloss, "why were you tired of cultivating your garden ? Why did we not still continue to eat citrons and pistachio nuts? Why were you weary of your happiness ? Because everything is necessary in the best of worlds, there was a necessity that you should undergo the bastinado in the presence of the king of Persia; have your leg cut off, in order to make Chusistan happy, to ex

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