Chapter 3 Summary

“How Candide escaped from among the Bulgars, and what became of him”

The two armies are stunning in every way, and the noise of the trumpets, fifes, oboes, drums, and cannons create a magnificent harmony. First, the cannons kill six thousand men on each side; then musket shots kill nine or ten thousand “rogues infecting its surface.” The bayonets dispose of several thousand more, for a total of nearly thirty thousand men in this best of all possible worlds. A trembling Candide does what any philosopher would do—he hides as best as he can as the “heroic butchery” goes on around him.

At the end of the day, while the two kings have a hymn sung over the dead, Candide decides to...

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