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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Cunégonde grows uglier and more disagreeable every day

To find out what this is about, imagine you are on holiday and (like me) made sure you bought the newspaper and turned to the cross word for some mental stimulation.  You can find this quote in Voltaire's "Candide".
To spur you on to 'honors level' :)  let me say Voltaire's story is primarily a tragic romantic tale of unrequited desire, where the naive commoner Candide is trying to prod 'fate' into enabling him to marry the beautiful young noblewoman Cunegonde who he loves and who does love him.

It would be a blockbuster if turned into a movie it is that exciting.

When you've worked it all out, and arrived at Voltaire's concluding sentence, you might like to contemplate the following words.

“Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless!
    Everything is meaningless.”
What do people gain from all their labors
    at which they toil under the sun?
Generations come and generations go,
    but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises and the sun sets,
    and hurries back to where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
    and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
    ever returning on its course.
All streams flow into the sea,
    yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
    there they return again.
All things are wearisome,
    more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
    nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one can say,
    “Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
    it was here before our time.
11 No one remembers the former generations,
    and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
    by those who follow them.

You can google a phrase or 2 from that to find out where it comes from.

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