Because the abbé knew that one of his obscure station was not welcome at the home of th

Because the abbé knew that one of his obscure station was not welcome at the home of th

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Because the abbé knew that one of his obscure station was not welcome at the home of the actress,  he made an excuse and suggested that Candide come with him to visit a lady of quality in whose  house he would learn much about Paris. And the abbé did conduct Candide and Martin to the lady's  house, where a faro game was in progress. Voltaire described the play in sufficient detail — the  tenseness of the players, the attempts to cheat, the characters of the players. So occupied were  these people that no one greeted Candide and his companions. Meanwhile the abbé had secured  the attention of the self-styled Marquise de Parolignac. (The name derives from  paroli  and refers to  the practice of letting one's winnings ride on the next draw in a card game). She smiled at Candide  and gave Martin a nod, and then she offered the youth a seat at the gambling table. Only two draws  were required for him to lose 50,000 francs, but he appeared so unconcerned that the servants took  him to be an English milord. Supper followed, with the usual unintelligible chatter, witticisms, false  rumors, bad reasoning, a little politics, a great deal of slander, and even some discourse on 
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1001 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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