The series of adventures

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The series of adventures, therefore, were stages in the education of young Candide. Since he was a  slow learner, the series was necessarily a long one, each adventure marked by its own climax — and  anticlimax — until the very end of the story, when Voltaire provided the major climax. Up until then,  romantic Candide remained hopeful: he could always look forward to the reunion with his  incomparable Cunégonde. But when that longed-for event finally took place, he found that his  beloved had lost all her beauty; and as they lived together as man and wife she became increasingly  shrewish. Best of all possible worlds? His last hope was destroyed. There remained for him only to  adopt a kind of stoical retreat: henceforth he would cultivate his own garden, his own little plot of  ground. Admittedly the structure is simple, even obvious, enough, but it exactly served Voltaire's purpose. 
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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