"How Candide escaped...  

sparkee58 58M
606 posts
7/13/2006 2:01 am

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"How Candide escaped...


I hope I don't bore you with other people's words.

"How Candide Escaped from the Bulgarians and What Befell Him Afterwards"

"Candide" by Voltaire

chapter 3

"Never was anything so gallant, so well accoutred, so brilliant, and so finely disposed as the two armies. The trumpets, fifes, hautboys, drums, and cannon made such harmony as never was heard in Hell itself. The entertainment began by a discharge of cannon, which, in the twinkling of an eye, laid flat about 6,000 men on each side. The musket bullets swept away, out of the best of all possible worlds, nine or ten thousand scoundrels that infested its surface. The bayonet was next the sufficient reason of the deaths of several thousands. The whole might amount to thirty thousand souls. Candide trembled like a philosopher, and concealed himself as well as he could during this heroic butchery.
"At length, while the two kings were causing Te Deums to be sung in their camps, Candide took a resolution to go and reason somewhere else upon causes and effects. After passing over heaps of dead or dying men, the first place he came to was a neighboring village, in the Abarian territories, which had been burned to the ground by the Bulgarians, agreeably to the laws of war. Here lay a number of old men covered with wounds, who beheld their wives dying with their throats cut, and, hugging their children to their breasts, all stained with blood. There several young virgins, whose bodies had been ripped open, after they had satisfied the natural necessities of the Bulgarian heroes, breathed their last; while others, half-burned in the flames, begged to be dispatched out of the world. The ground about them was covered with the brains, arms, and legs of dead men."

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
7/13/2006 2:31 am

eeccckk runs off quick before these words settle in my brain and give me nightmares for the next weeek


I'm a

and
i'm here to stay


sparkee58 replies on 7/13/2006 3:40 am:
papy, all you have to do is pick up the paper and read between the lines.
thanks for the visit.
its good to see you again

florallei 99F

7/14/2006 9:15 am

Man's inhumanity to man...we read such grotesque events of man's past history...is it in the hopes of learning from it and become wiser in our ways...but alas...such atrocities are still happening world wide and now a new one between Israel and Palestinians...when will we learn...when will we see peace...we hope by standing on their shoulders(as these accounts of horror in past should serve us) we can look ahead and try to make things better but how could it ever be achieved Peace when in one's own family, own city, own country we can't get all along. Hopeless are we? Who can save us?
TY for sharing this...a gross and sobering reminder of how deprave man can be...God help us!
flo


sparkee58 replies on 7/14/2006 9:28 am:
thanks for the visit and the profound words
if i could write elequently enough i wouldn't have to borrow from Voltaire...but i don't think he'll mind.

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