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"Kill An Admiral From Time To Time To Encourage The Others"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Candide, separated from Mlle. Cunegonde, whom he loves dearly, leaves South America to find her at Venice. Buying his way out of punishment in France, Candide sails from Dieppe on a Dutch vessel which touches at Portsmouth, England. As the ship approaches the shore, he sees a multitude of persons watching the execution of a man aboard a British warship. When he asks why "four soldiers placed opposite the man each shot three bullets into his brain in the calmest manner imaginable," he is told that the government has just executed an admiral because he did not kill enough Frenchmen in a naval battle, staying, it was alleged, too...

(The entire section is 222 words.)