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Fortunately, Candide recovered. A number of distinguished people came to supper during his  convalescence and gambled with him for high stakes. It was no surprise to Martin that his young  friend never held any aces. Among those who showed him Paris was an abbé, a scheming, parasitic  individual who sought out strangers, told them scandalous gossip, and offered them pleasure at any  price. First he took Candide to see a tragedy and the two were seated near several wits. One of  these quibblers insisted that Candide should not have wept because the play was impossible.  Tomorrow, he said, he would bring Candide twenty pamphlets written against the dramatist. Candide  was informed by the abbé that five or six thousand plays had been written in France, but that only  fifteen or sixteen were any good. "That's a lot," said Martin. Since an actress who had played the role of Queen Elizabeth reminded Candide of his Cunégonde,  the young man was attracted to her. The abbé offered to take him to her residence. In response to  Candide's inquiry as to how queens of England were treated in France, the abbé told him that they  were respected when they are beautiful and thrown into the garbage dump when they are dead. The  youth was shocked, especially when Martin confirmed what the abbé had said. The abbé continued  his critical description of Paris and its citizens with characteristic malice. Because the abbé knew that one of his obscure station was not welcome at the home of the actress, 
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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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