Take a visual journey through Voltaire's Candide

 

 

Chapter I:
How Candide Was Brought Up in a Magnificent Castle, and How He Was Expelled Thence

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.

 


sufficient reason: The philosophical principle that there is an explanation for everything that happens.

 

One day Cunegonde, while walking near the castle, in a little wood which they called a park, saw, between the bushes, Dr. Pangloss giving a lesson in experimental natural philosophy to her mother's chamber-maid, a little brown wench, very pretty and very docile. As Miss Cunegonde had a great disposition for the sciences, she breathlessly observed the repeated experiments of which she was a witness; she clearly perceived the force of the Doctor's reasons, the effects, and the causes; she turned back greatly flurried, quite pensive, and filled with the desire to be learned; dreaming that she might well be a sufficient reason for young Candide, and he for her.

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