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

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uproar?" said they. "It is," answered the little thing, "that this stranger—Alas! I am choked with grief; he despises me." "So, then," said the Lapland husband, "thou impolite, dishonest, brutal, infamous, cowardly rascal, thou bringest disgrace upon my house; thou dost me the most sensible injury ; thou refusest to embrace my wife." "Lo! here's a strange custom," cried our hero; "what would you have said, then, if I had embraced her?" "I would have wished thee all sort of prosperity," said the Laplander to him in wrath; "but thou only deservest my indignation." At uttering this he discharged on Candide's back a volley of blows with a cudgel. The reindeer were seized by the relatives of the offended husband, and Candide, for fear of worse, was forced to betake himself to flight and renounce forever his good master; for how dared he present himself before him without money, whale‐ blubber, or reindeer?


CHAPTER XII.

CANDIDE STILL CONTINUES HIS TRAVELS—NEW AD-
VENTURES.

CANDIDE travelled a long time without knowing whither he was going. At length he resolved to go to Denmark, where he had heard that everything went pretty well. He had a few pieces of money about him, which the Armenian had made him a

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