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by Voltaire

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.