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  • HOW CANDIDE WAS BROUGHT UP IN A MAGNIFICENT CASTLE AND HOW HE WAS EXPELLED THENCE.

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    In a castle of Westphalia, belonging to the Baron of Thunder-ten-Tronckh, lived a youth, whom nature had endowed with the most gentle manners.

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  • His countenance was a true picture of his soul.

  • He combined a true judgment with simplicity of spirit, which was the reason, I apprehend, of his being called Candide.

  • The old servants of the family suspected him to have been the son of the Baron's sister, by a good, honest gentleman of the neighborhood, whom that young lady would never marry because he had been able to prove only seventy-one quarterings, the rest of his genealogical tree having been lost through the injuries of time.

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    The Baron was one of the most powerful lords in Westphalia, for his castle had not only a gate, but windows.

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  • His great hall, even, was hung with tapestry.

  • All the dogs of his farm-yards 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.

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    The Baron's lady weighed about three hundred and fifty pounds, and was therefore a person of great consideration, and she did the honours of the house with a dignity that commanded still greater respect.

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  • Her daughter Cunegonde was seventeen years of age, fresh-coloured, comely, plump, and desirable.

  • The Baron's son seemed to be in every respect worthy of his father.

  • The Preceptor Pangloss was the oracle of the family, and little Candide heard his lessons with all the good faith of his age and character.

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    Pangloss was professor of metaphysico-theologico-cosmolo-nigology.

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  • He proved admirably that there is no effect without a cause, and that, in this best of all possible worlds, the Baron's castle was the most magnificent of castles, and his lady the best of all possible Baronesses.

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    Pangloss

    “It is demonstrable,”

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    said he,

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