Study Guide

Candide Chapter 7

By Voltaire

Chapter 7

  • The Old Woman offers Candide a meal, ointment for his wounds, and a good night’s sleep.
  • For several days the woman tends to Candide, but refuses to provide any explanation for her kindness.
  • Once he stops bleeding profusely, the woman leads Candide a few miles into the country to yet another strange house.
  • She brings a veiled woman into the room; Candide lifts the veil and finds that the woman is Cunégonde.
  • Cunégonde survived the attack on her family, but was raped and disemboweled. The rest of her family was killed.
  • Candide recounts all of his experiences since their last meeting.