Chapter 4 Summary

“How Candide met his old philosophy tutor Doctor Pangloss and what followed”

Candide is moved more by compassion than horror at the sight of this repulsive beggar and gives him the coins he was gifted. The disgusting creature stares at Candide before erupting into tears and flinging himself on the young man’s neck. When Candide draws back, the beggar asks if Candide does not recognize him, his own tutor Pangloss.

Candide cannot believe this repugnant man is really Pangloss and asks what terrible thing has happened to cause him to be in this condition. He asks why Pangloss is no longer in the finest of all castles and what has become of Cunégonde, a true “masterpiece of nature.”...

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