Chapter 26 Summary

“Of a dinner that Candide and Martin had with six strangers, and who they were”

One evening, Candide and Martin sit down to a meal with strangers staying at their inn. Suddenly a man with soot-colored skin approaches Candide from behind and grabs his arms, telling him to be ready to “leave with them,” without fail. Candide turns around and is ecstatic to see Cacambo. He embraces his old friend and asks to take him to Cunégonde immediately. Cacambo tells him Cunégonde is not here; she is in Constantinople.

That does not dampen Candide’s joy, and he asks Cacambo to take him to his beloved immediately. His former valet says they can leave after dinner but he cannot say anything...

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