In Voltaire's Candide, what are the main themes found in the old woman's history?
The old woman has not always been a servant; in fact, she was once a member of the nobility—the Princess of Palestrina. The first theme I would identify would be that being born to greatness does not guarantee lifelong happiness. For instance, the old woman speaks of her betrothal to a prince of Massa-Carrara.
I was about to reach the peak of my happiness when an old marchesa who'd once been my prince's mistress invited him to her house for chocolate. He died in less than two hours, with...
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