Candide lives in the castle of the baron of Thunder-ten-tronckh in Westphalia. Candide is the illegitimate son of the baron’s sister. They flirt and steal a kiss behind a screen. The baron catches them and banishes Candide.
Candide wanders to the next town, where two men find him half-dead with hunger and fatiguThey then conscript him to serve in the Bulgar army, where Candide suffers abuse and hardship as he is indoctrinated into military life. The king of the Bulgars happens to pass by. Discovering that Candide is a metaphysician and “ignorant of the world,” the king pardons him. Candide’s wounds heal in time for him to serve in a war between the Bulgars and the Abares.
Candide escapes to Holland, where he comes upon a Protestant orator explaining the value of charity to a crowd of listeners. A kind Anabaptist, Jacques, takes Candide into his home and employs Candide in his rug factory
Candide finds a deformed beggar in the street. The beggar is Pangloss.God never gave men weapons, he claims, but men created them “in order to destroy themselves.”
Jacques tries to save a sailor who has almost fallen overboard. He saves the sailor but falls overboard himself, and the sailor does nothing to help himPangloss and Candide help the wounded, and Pangloss comforts the victims by telling them the earthquake is for the best.
The Portuguese authorities decide to burn a few people alive to prevent future earthquakes.
Just then an old woman approaches Candide, treats his wounds, gives him new clothes, and feeds him
Cunegonde explains to Candide that the Bulgars have killed her family. then she was sold as a sex slave multiple times
Candide kills Don Issachar with a sword given to him by the old woman The Grand Inquisitor arrives to enjoy his allotted time with Cunegonde and is surprised to find Candide. Candide kills him.
Candide and Cunegonde sell one horse and travel to Cadiz, where they find troops preparing to sail to the New World
the old woman suffered a lot
the russians ate people but old lady escaped
candide is identified and he runs
Candide and Cacambo are led to the colonel’s lavish pavilion candide reports that Cunegonde also survived the attack and that she is with the governor. While they wait for the Father Provincial, the colonel tells his story.
The colonel hopes to bring Cunegonde to Paraguay. Candide says he wishes to do the same because he plans to marry her. This statement infuriates the colonel, as Candide is not of the nobility. Candide responds by running the colonel through with his own sword
Candide and Cacambo end up in a strange country with no roads they get captured. Cacambo tells them in their language that Candide is not a Jesuit. He explains that Candide killed a Jesuit and wore the Jesuit habit to escape
Cacambo and Candide make their way to a village, where they find children playing with emeralds, rubies, and diamonds
Cacambo and Candide go to see the village sage, a 172-year-old man After a month, Candide decides that he cannot stay in Eldorado as long as Cunégonde is not there
Candide sends Cacambo to retrieve Cunégonde and the old woman.
Candide still has a little money and a few jewels, and hopes to use what he has to recover Cunegonde. His love and remaining fortune momentarily renew his faith in Pangloss’s philosophy Candide finds his sheep in the water and realizes that the defeated ship belonged to Vanderdendur. Candide claims that there is some good in the world because Vanderdendur has met with just punishment, but Martin asks why Vanderdendur’s crew had to die with him.
Martin replies with a question, asking Candide if hawks have always eaten pigeons. When Candide answers yes, Martin counters that if the rest of nature’s beasts do not change, then men do not either. Candide disagrees, claiming that men have free will.
The next morning, Candide receives a letter signed “Cunegonde” with the news that she is ill in Paris and wishes him to visit her. Candide gives diamonds and gold to the woman he believes to be Cunegonde then he goes to England because he is arrested
When the ship is near shore, Martin and Candide witness the execution of an admiral
When Candide fails to find Cunegonde and Cacambo after several months in Venice, he falls into despair. Candide sees pangloss’ mistress and hears her story and gives her money cause he feels bad
Candide visits Count Pococurante in Venice. The wealthy count has a marvelous collection of art and books, but he is unable to enjoy any of it.
During Venice’s Carnival season, Candide and Martin are dining with six strangers in an inn when they encounter Cacambo, who is now the slave of one of the six strangers
On the way to Constantinople with Cacambo and his master, Candide and Martin learn that Cacambo bought Cunegonde and the old woman from Don Fernando and cunegonde is ugly
The baron bears no ill will toward Candide for stabbing him. The executioner who was to hang Pangloss was inexperienced in hangings and made the noose badly, so Pangloss survived
Candide purchases the old woman, Cunégonde, and a small farm. Cunégonde reminds Candide of his promise to marry her. Though horrified by her ugliness, Candide does not dare refuse
Cunégonde grows uglier and more disagreeable every day. Cacambo works in the garden of the small farm. He hates the work and curses his fate. Candide finds the farmer’s life appealing. He, Cunégonde, and his friends decide to follow it,