VI
HOW THE PORTUGUESE MADE A BEAUTIFUL AUTO‐
DA-FÉ, TO PREVENT ANY FURTHER EARTH-
QUAKES; AND HOW CANDIDE WAS PUBLICLY
WHIPPED.

AFTER the earthquake had destroyed three‐ fourths of Lisbon, the sages of that country could think of no means more effectual to prevent utter ruin than to give the people a beautiful auto-da-fé6; for it had been decided by the University of Coimbra, that the burning of a few people alive by a slow fire, and with great ceremony, is an infallible secret to hinder the earth from quaking.

In consequence hereof, they had seized on a Biscayner, convicted of having married his godmother, and on two Portuguese, for rejecting the bacon which larded a chicken they were eating' ; after dinner, they came and secured Dr. Pangloss, and his disciple Candide, the one for speaking his mind, the other for having listened with an air of approbation. They were conducted to separate apartments, extremely cold, as they were never incommoded by the sun.

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