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by Voltaire

Candide Chapter 6 Summary

  • Lisbon authorities decide that, as a preventative measure against further earthquakes, they will stage a public execution. It’s called an "Auto-da-fé" and it means "act of faith."
  • One of the authorities chooses to execute a man who married his godmother (because he married his godmother), two Jewish men (because they are Jewish), and Pangloss (because he talks too much).
  • The authorities flog Candide for having willingly listened to Pangloss’s teachings.
  • Candide questions whether this can really be the best of all possible worlds.
  • Candide at this point is bloody and disgusting. This is about the time when an old woman approaches and tells him to follow her.

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