Candide Wealth Quotes
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The Baron was one of the most powerful lords in Westphalia, for his castle had not only a gate, but also windows. His great hall, even, was hung with tapestry. All the dogs of his farmyards formed a pack of hounds at need; his grooms were his huntsmen; and the curate of the village was his grand almoner. They called him "My Lord," and laughed at all his stories. (1.2)
Although the Baron is the wealthiest man in Westphalia, it does not save his family from rape and murder.
"Who was it that robbed me of my money and jewels?" said Cunégonde, all bathed in tears. "How shall we live? What shall we do? Where find Inquisitors or Jews who will give me more?" (10.1)
It is apparent from Cunégonde’s sudden loss of wealth that wealth is transient.
"Miss, you have seventy-two quarterings, and not a farthing; it is now in your power to be wife to the greatest lord in South America, who has very beautiful moustaches. Is it for you to pique yourself upon inviolable fidelity? You have been ravished by Bulgarians; a Jew and an Inquisitor have enjoyed your favors. Misfortune gives sufficient excuse. I own, that if I were in your place, I should have no scruple in marrying the Governor and in making the fortune of Captain Candide." (13.6)
Although she loves Candide, the Old Woman advises Cunégonde to marry the Governor in order to acquire wealth. She values wealth above love, and it comes back to haunt her when she ends up as a servant anyway.