Chapter 24 Summary

“About Paquette and Brother Giroflee”

Candide arrives in Venice and begins searching for Cacambo. Every day he sends messengers to the ships, but there is no word of his valet or of Cunégonde. He does not understand how he could have been gone so long, through so many misadventures followed by a month-long stay in Venice, and still his beloved has not arrived. Candide assumes she is dead, and he wishes he could die, as well. Candide says he should have stayed in El Dorado and tells Martin he was right: everything is “illusion and disaster.”

Eventually Candide sinks into a deep melancholy, and nothing can draw him out of it. Martin scolds him for being naïve enough to assume his...

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