The story begins in Westphalia at the castle of the high and mighty Baron of Thunder-ten-tronckh, his three-hundred-fifty-pound wife, their beautiful young daughter Cunégonde, and an unnamed son. Living happily at the castle is Candide, whose name points to his character — that of one who is simple of mind and (adds Voltaire ironically) sound of judgement. Prominent in the baron's menage is the tutor, Doctor Pangloss, a man revered as a profound and learned philosopher, Pangloss firmly believed and taught that everything in the world was necessarily for the best end: it was all a matter of recognizing the sufficient reason and accepting the logic of cause and effect. Thus, for him and his disciples, this is indeed "the best of all possible worlds." If Candide had had his wish, he would
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sufficient reason, Baron, Cunégonde, young daughter Cunégonde, mighty Baron