Take a visual journey through Voltaire's Candide



Chapter VII:
How the Old Woman Took Care of Candide, and How He Found the Object He Loved

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.

Candide ... followed the Old Woman to a decayed house, where she gave him a pot of pomatum to anoint his sores, showed him a very neat little bed, with a suit of clothes hanging up, and left him something to eat and drink.

"Eat, drink, sleep," said she, "and may our lady of Atocha, the great St. Anthony of Padua, and the great St. James of Compostella, receive you under their protection. I shall be back tomorrow."

Candide, amazed at all he had suffered and still more with the charity of the Old Woman, wished to kiss her hand.

"It is not my hand you must kiss," said the Old Woman; "I shall be back tomorrow. Anoint yourself with the pomatum, eat and sleep."

Candide, notwithstanding so many disasters, ate and slept.