The significant incident in this first chapter involves Pangloss

The significant incident in this first chapter involves Pangloss

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The significant incident in this first chapter involves Pangloss' illicit relations with a still unnamed  chambermaid. Cun é gonde herself witnessed with great interest the act, which took place in a little  wood on her father's estate. So intrigued was she with this lesson in "experimental physics" and the  demonstration of sufficient reason involving cause and effect that she was determined to experiment  herself with the cooperation of Candide. The opportunity presented itself when the two found  themselves behind a screen, but the baron discovered them. Cun é gonde received a slap on the  face, but poor Candide was literally kicked out of the castle. He was now an exile from his best of all  possible worlds in Westphalia. It has been held that the pompous Baron of Thunder-ten-tronckh is one of the representations of  Frederick the Great, with whom Voltaire had such close relations for so long a time. Later, as we 
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  • Fall '11
  • staff
  • Candide, great German philosopher, extent represents Voltaire, unnamed   chambermaid. Cunégonde, impressive subject matter, pompous Baron, Baron Trenck

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