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Dr. Pangloss Timeline and Summary
Pangloss instructs Candide, Cunégonde, and the other members of the Baron’s family at his home in Westphalia. Candide runs into Pangloss, who is begging on the streets of Holland. Pangloss explains that the Baron’s family was murdered and that he contracted a nasty case of syphilis from one of the family’s servants, Paquette. The Anabaptist agrees to pay Pangloss’s medical bills for treatment. Pangloss is cured and hired as an accountant. Despite his terrible misfortune, Pangloss remains convinced that everything in the world is for the best. Pangloss travels with Candide and the Anabaptist to Lisbon on business. The ship is wrecked, and rather than coming to the rescue of the dying Anabaptist, Pangloss philosophizes that everything is for the best. Pangloss and Candide drift to shore just in time for a major earthquake. Over dinner with some people they helped, Pangloss offends an Inquisitor with his philosophy. Pangloss is hanged for his heretical views and as a preventative measure against future earthquakes. Years later, Candide notices Pangloss working in the galley of his ship as he travels to Constantinople. Pangloss explains that he survived his poorly executed hanging, and was revived by the man who was to perform his autopsy. He found a job and traveled with his employer to Turkey. While in a mosque, he noticed a woman drop a bouquet from her bosom. He picked it up to replace it for her, but he lingered too long near her breast. Spotted by a priest, Pangloss was convicted and sent to work in the galley. Candide purchases Pangloss’s freedom and Pangloss travels with the rest of the gang to retrieve Cunégonde. Pangloss and his friends move onto a farm in Turkey. Although Pangloss is still very much the faithful, optimistic philosopher, Candide advises him to stop talking and simply to work instead.