In the Persian Letters what is the tale of the Troglodytes about and what is its significance?

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A brief summary of the Troglodyte story.

In The Persian Letters, the Tale Of The Troglodytes encompasses Letters XI-XIV (11-14).

According to Uzbek, the Troglodytes are a damnable tribe of people who lived in Arabia a long time ago. He tells Mirza that these people are such 'brutish' and 'malicious' beings that they 'lacked all notions of justice and equity.' Accordingly, each man lived according to his own dictates and his own pleasure. They were a people who had no toleration for any sort of government; all past rulers of any sort who dared to cross their will were summarily executed. They were also not beneath killing their own fellow Troglodytes for imagined and literal offenses.

As time continued, a plague threatened the tribe with extinction. In the throes of the epidemic, the Troglodytes had begged for a physician to cure them, but the physician, himself repulsed by their inhumanity, stubbornly refused to comply. Only two families of Troglodytes survived the plague to make a new...

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