Candide Chapter 30 Summary
- Candide returns the Baron to his slavery in the galleys.
- Although the thought of making love to Cunégonde in her current state is really unappealing to Candide, he marries her as a matter of principle.
- Candide and his friends acquire a farm where they live together.
- Despite having finally achieved his goal, Candide is unhappy. Cunégonde isn’t attractive anymore, and she and the Old Woman are grumpy.
- Everyone suffers from profound boredom.
- Pangloss maintains his "best of all worlds" stance, but it seems like his heart just isn’t in it anymore.
- One day, Paquette and the monk show up in utter despair.
- The entire gang seeks the knowledge of a dervish. They basically say, "We are the most unenlightened group ever. Help."
- The dervish says something like, "Yes, you are. I cannot help you."
- But he does toss out an interesting question: "When his highness sends a ship to Egypt, does he trouble his head whether the mice on board are at their ease or not?"
- He then says the best thing to do is stop talking.
- Pangloss tries to argue about cause and effect, and has the door promptly slammed in his face.
- Confused, the gang returns to their farm. On the way, they encounter another farmer who invites them into his home.
- The farmer, also referred to as "an honest Turk," remarks that he has found that working helps him to overcome "the three evils": boredom, vice, and poverty.
- Candide and his gang take the farmer’s advice and dedicate themselves to working. Life seem to go better for everyone.
- Pangloss starts to philosophize, but Candide responds by saying they must "cultivate [their] garden."
- Pangloss tries to philosophize about that, too, but Martin tells them all to stop talking and do their work.
- Just when you think it’s over, Candide has to cut Pangloss off yet again and tell him to cultivate the garden already.