Take a visual journey through Voltaire's Candide



Chapter II:
What Became of Candide Among the Bulgarians

Illustration by Rockwell Kent from: Voltaire. Candide. New York: Random House, 1928. NYPL, Rare Book Division. By Permission of the Plattsburgh State Art Museum, The Rockwell Kent Gallery & Collection.

Instantly the Bulgarians fettered Candide, and carried him away to the regiment. There he was made to wheel about to the right, and to the left, to draw his ramrod, to return his ramrod, to present, to fire, to march, and they gave him thirty strokes. The next day he did his exercise a little less badly, and he received but twenty blows. The day following they gave him only ten, and he was regarded by his comrades as a prodigy.

Candide, all stupefied, could not at all understand what made him a hero.