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Candide Wealth Quotes

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Quote #7

"Ay!" said the skipper to himself, "this man agrees to pay twenty thousand piastres with as much ease as ten."

He went back to him again, and declared that he could not carry him to Venice for less than thirty thousand piastres.

"Then you shall have thirty thousand," replied Candide.

"Oh! oh!" said the Dutch skipper once more to himself, "thirty thousand piastres are a trifle to this man; surely these sheep must be laden with an immense treasure; let us say no more about it. First of all, let him pay down the thirty thousand piastres; then we shall see."

Candide sold two small diamonds, the least of which was worth more than what the skipper asked for his freight. He paid him in advance. The two sheep were put on board. Candide followed in a little boat to join the vessel in the roads. The skipper seized his opportunity, set sail, and put out to sea, the wind favoring him. Candide, dismayed and stupefied, soon lost sight of the vessel. (19.24-28)

Because of his wealth, Candide is targeted for robbery. His riches therefore bring him further unhappiness.

Quote #8

The Abbé sympathized in his trouble; he had had but a light part of the fifty thousand francs lost at play and of the value of the two brilliants, half given, half extorted. His design was to profit as much as he could by the advantages that the acquaintance of Candide could procure for him. He spoke much of Cunégonde and Candide told him that he should ask forgiveness of that beautiful one for his infidelity when he should see her in Venice. (22.70)

Even holy figures are corrupted by wealth in Candide.

Quote #9

In the midst of these transports in came an officer, followed by the Abbé and a file of soldiers.

"There," said he, "are the two suspected foreigners," and at the same time he ordered them to be seized and carried to prison. (22.84-85)

Candide is targeted only because of his wealth.

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