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Candide, Or The Optimist

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Candide’s Disgraces, Travels, and Adventures. 

No sooner had the Abbé gotten access to Court than he employed all his skill in order to ingratiate himself with the minister and ruin his benefactor. He spread a report that Candide was a traitor, and that he had spoken disrespectfully of the hallowed whiskers of the king of kings. All the courtiers condemned him to be burnt in a slow fire; but the Sophi, more favourable, only sentenced him to perpetual banishment, after having previously kissed the sole of his accuser's foot, according to the usage among the Persians. The Abbé went in person to put the sentence in execution; he found our philosopher in pretty good health, and disposed to become again happy. "My friend," says the English ambassador to him, "I come with regret to let you know that you must quit this kingdom with all expedition, and kiss my feet with a true repentance for your horrid crimes." "Kiss your feet, Mr. Abbé! Certainly you are not in earnest, and I do not understand joking." Upon which some mutes, who had attended the Abbé, entered and took off his shoes, letting poor Candide know by signs that he must submit to this piece of humiliation, or else expect to be impaled. Candide, by virtue of his free will, kissed the Abbé's feet. They put him on a sorry linen robe, and the executioner drove him out of the town, crying all the time, "Behold a traitor who has spoken irreverently of the Sophi's whiskers! Irreverently of the imperial whiskers!"

What did the officious monk while his friend whom he protected was treated thus? I know nothing of that. It is probable that he was tired of protecting Candide. Who can depend on the favour of kings, and especially that of monks?  
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