A new life (7)

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When the talent or self-mastery of two players differs a lot, the heads up poker (two players) is no longer a game, it’s a slaughter. Or, it soon turned out that George had neither the talent nor the self-control necessary … Read More

Voltaire, Candide: What they saw in the land of Eldorado

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Cacambo testified to his guest all his curiosity; the host said to him: “I am very ignorant, and I am well pleased with it; but here we have an old man removed from the court, who is the most learned … Read More

Voltaire: Arrival of Candide and his valet in the land of Eldorado, and what they saw there

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When they were at the borders of the Mumps: “You see,” said Cacambo to Candide, “that this hemisphere is no better than the other; believe me, let us return to Europe by the shortest route.“ “How to return,“ said Candide; … Read More

Voltaire: What happened to the two travelers with two daughters, two monkeys, and the wild ones named Mumps

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Candide and his servant were beyond the barriers, and no one yet knew in the camp the death of the German Jesuit. The vigilant Cacambo had taken care to fill his suitcase with bread, chocolate, ham, fruit, and some measurements … Read More

The Romanian-Romanian War

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He arrived earlier at the office. At the entrance to the building, the guard stepped on the stairs, wrapped in a thin stripe, his hat pulled over his eyes. He hit him lightly with the leg, and the guard jumped … Read More

A new life (6)

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“Dan, do not be too late!” She was not sure if Dan heard her, so she called out again. “See that tomorrow morning you have a meeting with the teacher.” Dan’s mother was determined to make Dan a civil engineer. … Read More

Voltaire: How Candide killed his dear Cunegonde’s brother

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“I shall have my whole life in memory the horrible day when I saw my father and mother killed, and my sister raped. When the Bulgarians were retired, the adorable sister was not found, and my mother, my father, and … Read More

Voltaire: How Candide and Cacambo were received by the Jesuits of Paraguay

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Candide had brought from Cadiz a valet such as is found on the coasts of Spain and in the colonies. It was a quarter of a Spaniard, born of a half-breed in the Tucuman; he had been a choir boy, … Read More

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

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