Take a visual journey through Voltaire's Candide



Chapter XXX:
The Conclusion

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.

kaimak: a creamy dairy product somewhat similar to crème fraîche; common in the cuisines of the Balkans, Turkey, and the Middle East.

Having said these words, the old man invited the strangers into his house; his two sons and two daughters presented them with several sorts of sherbet, which they made themselves; with kaimak, enriched with the candied-peel of citrons, with oranges, lemons, pineapples, pistachio nuts; and with mocha coffee unadulterated with the bad coffee of Batavia or the American islands. After which the two daughters of the honest Muslim perfumed the strangers' beards.

"You must have a vast and magnificent estate," said Candide to the Turk.

"I have only twenty acres," replied the old man; "I and my children cultivate them; our labor preserves us from three great evils — weariness, vice, and want."

Candide, on his way home, made profound reflections on the old man's conversation.

"This honest Turk," said he to Pangloss and Martin, "seems to be in a situation far preferable to that of the six kings with whom we had the honor of supping In Venice."