Candide begins in the German town of Westphalia

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Candide  begins in the German town of Westphalia, where Candide, a young man, lives in the castle  of Baron of Thunder-ten-tronckh. A noted philosopher, Doctor Pangloss, tutors the baron on  philosophical optimism, the idea that "all is for the best . . . in this best of all worlds." Candide, a  simple man, first accepts this philosophy, but as he experiences the horrors of war, poverty, the  maliciousness of man, and the hypocrisy of the church, he begins to doubt the voracity of Pangloss's  theory. Thus, philosophical optimism is the focus of Votaire's satire; anti-war and anti-church refrains  also run throughout the novel. In the first chapter, Doctor Pangloss is having an illicit affair with Paquette, a chambermaid. The  baron's beautiful daughter, Cunégonde, witnesses the affair and decides to try something similar  with Candide. When the baron catches them, Candide is kicked out of the castle.
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