Global warming
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“Brrr!” John was surprised by the sudden halt of the horses. He was about to fall in his nose. “What are you doing, man? What’s wrong?” Without a word, Ion jumped out of his wagon and ran into the vineyard. … Read More

Voltaire: How Candide was forced to separate from the beautiful Cunegonde and the old woman
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The beautiful Cunegonde, having heard the story of the old woman, gave her all the politeness that was due to a person of her rank and merit. She accepted the proposal; she invited all the passengers, one after the other, … Read More

A new life (5)
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“Write a short story about what impressed you the most.” “It‘s complicated. First, what does it mean to impress me? I would love to write about Helen, but she did not impress me, she rather annoyed me. I was impressed by the death … Read More

Candide, by Voltaire: Continuation of the misfortunes of the old woman
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Astonished and delighted to hear the language of my country, and no less surprised at the words uttered by this man, I replied that there were greater misfortunes than that of which he complained; I informed him in a few … Read More

Voltaire: The history of the old woman
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“I have not always had the eyes scarred and bordered with scarlet; my nose has not always touched my chin, and I have not always been a servant. I am the daughter of Pope Urban X and the Princess of … Read More

Voltaire: In what distress arrive at Cadiz Candide, Cunegonde, and the old woman, and their embarkation
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“Who could have stolen my money and my diamonds?” cried Cunégonde, weeping; “How shall we live? What will we do it? Where to find inquisitors and Jews who give me more?” “Alas!” said the old woman, “I suspect a Reverend … Read More

Voltaire: What happened to Cunegonde, Candide, the Grand Inquisitor, and a Jew
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This Issachar was the most choleric Hebrew that had been seen in Israel since the captivity in Babylon. “What!” he said, “bitch of a Galilean, it is not enough the Inquisitor? Must this rascal also share you with me?” In … Read More

Voltaire, Candide: History of Cunegoride
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“I was in my bed and slept deeply when Heaven pleased to send the Bulgarians to our beautiful castle of Thunder-ten-tronckh; they killed my father and my brother, and cut off my mother in pieces. A great Bulgarian, six feet … Read More

Voltaire: How an old woman took care of Candide, and how he found what he loved
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Candide did not take courage at all, but he followed the old woman into a hovel: she gave him a pot of pomade to rub himself, left him to eat and drink; she showed him a rather clean little bed; … Read More

Voltaire: How a beautiful autodafe was made to prevent the earthquakes, and how Candide was spanked
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After the earthquake that had destroyed three-quarters of Lisbon, the wises of the country not finding a more effective way to prevent total ruin than to give the people a beautiful autodafe; [after the earthquake of Lisbon, it was in … Read More

Voltaire: Tempest, shipwreck, earthquake, and what happened to Doctor Pangloss, Candide, and Anabaptist Jacques
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Half of the weakened passengers, exhaling from those inconceivable anguishes which the roll of a vessel carries in the nerves and in all the moods of the body agitated in opposite directions, had not even the strength to worry about … Read More

Voltaire: How Candide met his former master of philosophy, Dr. Pangloss, and what happened
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Candide, more moved by compassion than by horror, gave to this frightful beggar the two florins he had received from his honest Anabaptist Jacques. The ghost stared at him, shed tears, and leapt to his neck. Candide scared back. “Alas!” … Read More

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