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by Voltaire

The Scholar Timeline and Summary

  • The scholar expounds on great literature.
  • He then berates literature that does not live up to these standards.
  • He is introduced by the Marchioness as being a brilliant scholar who has written some unsuccessful works.
  • Candide declares the scholar to be a second Pangloss.
  • The scholar responds to Candide’s philosophical questions by saying he knows nothing of such matters. He explains that he believes the world is confused and torn-up.