Candide Chapter 3 Summary
- The King of the Bulgars goes to battle with the King of Abars.
- The battle kills several thousand men on each side. Throughout the battle, Candide tries desperately to hide. As soon as it’s safe to come out, he deserts.
- Candide wanders through scenes of horrible carnage, which Voltaire so kindly informs us include "arms," "legs," and, of course, "brains."
- Candide decides it is necessary now to devote some time to ruminating on cause and effect.
- He wanders philosophically into another town and requests charity from a Protestant minister. The man asks Candide to express his religious allegiance, but Candide is only able to respond with Pangloss’s signature philosophical statements about cause and effect.
- The minister’s wife, in a fit of rage, dumps a bucket of human waste on Candide’s head.
- An Anabaptist named James sees the incident and offers Candide a change of clothes, a meal, and an an apprenticeship in his rug-making business.
- Candide’s faith in the world is restored.
- The following day, Candide sees a beggar with terrible sores, which momentarily threatens his newly restored faith.
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