Voltaire's Romances

Voltaire's Romances
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Вольтер. Voltaire's Romances

PUBLISHER'S PREFACE

TAURUS

THE WHITE BULL

CHAPTER I. HOW THE PRINCESS AMASIDIA MEETS A BULL

CHAPTER II. HOW THE WISE MAMBRES, FORMERLY MAGICIAN OF PHAROAH, KNEW AGAIN THE OLD WOMAN, AND WAS KNOWN BY HER

CHAPTER III. HOW THE BEAUTIFUL AMASIDIA HAD A SECRET CONVERSATION WITH A BEAUTIFUL SERPENT

CHAPTER IV. HOW THEY WANTED TO SACRIFICE THE BULL, AND EXORCISE THE PRINCESS

CHAPTER V. HOW THE WISE MAMBRES CONDUCTED HIMSELF WISELY

CHAPTER VI. HOW MAMBRES MET THREE PROPHETS, AND GAVE THEM A GOOD DINNER

CHAPTER VII. HOW KING AMASIS WANTED TO GIVE THE WHITE BULL TO BE DEVOURED BY THE FISH OF JONAH, AND DID NOT DO IT

CHAPTER VIII. HOW THE SERPENT TOLD STORIES TO THE PRINCESS TO COMFORT HER

CHAPTER IX. HOW THE SERPENT DID NOT COMFORT THE PRINCESS

CHAPTER X. HOW THEY WANTED TO BEHEAD THE PRINCESS, AND DID NOT DO IT

CHAPTER XI. APOTHEOSIS OF THE WHITE BULL. TRIUMPH OF THE WISE MAMBRES. THE SEVEN YEARS PROCLAIMED BY DANIEL ARE ACCOMPLISHED. NEBUCHADNEZZAR RESUMES THE HUMAN FORM, MARRIES THE BEAUTIFUL AMASIDIA, AND ASCENDS THE THRONE OF BABYLON

ZADIG; OR FATE

ZADIG: OR, FATE

I. THE BLIND OF ONE EYE

II. THE NOSE

III. THE DOG AND THE HORSE

IV. THE ENVIOUS MAN

V. THE GENEROUS

VI. THE MINISTER

VII. THE DISPUTES AND THE AUDIENCES

VIII. JEALOUSY

IX. THE WOMAN BEATER

X. SLAVERY

XI. THE FUNERAL PILE

XII. THE SUPPER

XIII. THE RENDEZVOUS

XIII.(1) THE DANCE

XIII.(2) BLUE EYES

XIV. THE ROBBER

XV. THE FISHERMAN

XVI. THE BASILISK

XVII. THE COMBATS

XVIII. THE HERMIT

XIX. THE ENIGMAS

THE SAGE AND THE ATHEIST

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER I. ADVENTURES OF JOHNNY, A YOUNG ENGLISHMAN. WRITTEN BY DONNA LAS NALGAS

CHAPTER II. CONTINUATION OF THE ADVENTURES OF JOHN, THE YOUNG ENGLISHMAN; ALSO THOSE OF HIS WORTHY FATHER, D.D., M.P., AND F.R.S

CHAPTER III. SUMMARY OF THE CONTROVERSY OF THE "BUTS," BETWEEN MR. FREIND AND DON INIGO-Y-MEDROSO, Y-COMODIOS, Y-PAPALAMIENDOS, BACHELOR OF SALAMANCA

CHAPTER IV. JOHN RETURNS TO LONDON, AND IS LED INTO BAD COMPANY

CHAPTER V. THEY WANT TO GET JOHN MARRIED

CHAPTER VI. A TERRIBLE ADVENTURE

CHAPTER VII. WHAT HAPPENED IN AMERICA

CHAPTER VIII. DIALOGUE BETWEEN FREIND AND BIRTON ON ATHEISM

CHAPTER IX. ON ATHEISM

CHAPTER X. ON ATHEISM

CHAPTER XI. RETURN TO ENGLAND – JOHN'S MARRIAGE

PRINCESS OF BABYLON

I. ROYAL CONTEST FOR THE HAND OF FORMOSANTA

II. THE KING OF BABYLON CONVENES HIS COUNCIL, AND CONSULTS THE ORACLE

III. ROYAL FESTIVAL GIVEN IN HONOR OF THE KINGLY VISITORS. THE BIRD CONVERSES ELOQUENTLY WITH FORMOSANTA

IV. THE BEAUTIFUL BIRD IS KILLED BY THE KING OF EGYPT. FORMOSANTA BEGINS A JOURNEY. ALDEA ELOPES WITH THE KING OF SCYTHIA

V. FORMOSANTA VISITS CHINA AND SCYTHIA IN SEARCH OF AMAZAN

VI. THE PRINCESS CONTINUES HER JOURNEY

VII. AMAZAN VISITS ALBION

VIII. AMAZAN LEAVES ALBION TO VISIT THE LAND OF SATURN

IX. AMAZAN VISITS ROME

THE SERVANT OF SERVANTS

X. AN UNFORTUNATE ADVENTURE IN GAUL

XI. AMAZAN AND FORMOSANTA BECOME RECONCILED

THE MAN OF FORTY CROWNS

I. NATIONAL POVERTY

II. DISASTER OF THE MAN OF FORTY CROWNS

III. CONVERSATION WITH A GEOMETRICIAN

IV. AN ADVENTURE WITH A CARMELITE

V. AUDIENCE OF THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL

VI. THE MAN OF FORTY CROWNS MARRIES, BECOMES A FATHER, AND DESCANTS UPON THE MONKS

VII. ON TAXES PAID TO A FOREIGN POWER

VIII. ON PROPORTIONS

IX. A GREAT QUARREL

X. A RASCAL REPULSED

XI. THE GOOD SENSE OF MR. ANDREW

XII. The GOOD SUPPER AT MR. ANDREW'S

THE HURON; OR, PUPIL OF NATURE.26

I. THE HURON ARRIVES IN FRANCE

II. THE HURON, CALLED THE INGENU, ACKNOWLEDGED BY HIS RELATIONS

III. THE HURON CONVERTED

IV. THE HURON BAPTIZED

V. THE HURON IN LOVE

VI. THE HURON FLIES TO HIS MISTRESS, AND BECOMES QUITE FURIOUS

VII. THE HURON REPULSES THE ENGLISH

VIII. THE HURON GOES TO COURT. SUPS UPON THE ROAD WITH SOME HUGUENOTS

IX. THE ARRIVAL OF THE HURON AT VERSAILLES. HIS RECEPTION AT COURT

X. THE HURON IS SHUT UP IN THE BASTILE WITH A JANSENIST

XI. HOW THE HURON DISCLOSES HIS GENIUS

XII. THE HURON'S SENTIMENTS UPON THEATRICAL PIECES

XIII. THE BEAUTIFUL MISS ST. YVES GOES TO VERSAILLES

XIV. RAPID PROGRESS OF THE HURON'S INTELLECT

XV. THE BEAUTIFUL MISS ST. YVES VISITS M. DE ST. POUANGE

XVI. MISS ST. YVES CONSULTS A JESUIT

XVII. THE JESUIT TRIUMPHS

XVIII. MISS ST. YVES DELIVERS HER LOVER AND A JANSENIST

XIX. THE HURON, THE BEAUTIFUL MISS ST. YVES, AND THEIR RELATIONS, ARE CONVENED

XX. THE DEATH OF THE BEAUTIFUL MISS ST. YVES, AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

MICROMEGAS:

I. A VOYAGE TO THE PLANET SATURN, BY A NATIVE OF SIRIUS

II. THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN MICROMEGAS AND THE INHABITANT OF SATURN

III. THE VOYAGE OF THESE INHABITANTS OF OTHER WORLDS

IV. WHAT BEFELL THEM UPON THIS OUR GLOBE

V. THE TRAVELERS CAPTURE A VESSEL

VI. WHAT HAPPENED IN THEIR INTERCOURSE WITH MEN

THE WORLD AS IT GOES

THE BLACK AND THE WHITE

MEMNON THE PHILOSOPHER

ANDRÉ DES TOUCHES AT SIAM

BABABEC

THE STUDY OF NATURE

I. INTRODUCTION

II. THE STUDY OF NATURE

III. GOOD ADVICE

IV. DIALOGUE UPON THE SOUL AND OTHER TOPICS

A CONVERSATION WITH A CHINESE

PLATO'S DREAM

PLEASURE IN HAVING NO PLEASURE

AN ADVENTURE IN INDIA

JEANNOT AND COLIN

THE HISTORY OF THE TRAVELS OF SCARMENTADO. 36

THE GOOD BRAMIN. DOES HAPPINESS RESULT FROM IGNORANCE OR FROM KNOWLEDGE?

THE TWO COMFORTERS

ANCIENT FAITH AND FABLE

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The princess Amasidia, daughter of Amasis, King of Tanis in Egypt, took a walk upon the highway of Peluaium with the ladies of her train. She was sunk in deep melancholy. Tears gushed from her beautiful eyes. The cause of her grief was known, as well as the fears she entertained lest that grief should displease the king, her father. The old man, Mambres, ancient magician and eunuch of the Pharoahs, was beside her, and seldom left her. He was present at her birth. He had educated her, and taught her all that a fair princess was allowed to know of the sciences of Egypt. The mind of Amasidia equaled her beauty. Her sensibility and tenderness rivaled the charms of her person; and it was this sensibility which cost her so many tears.

The princess was twenty-four years old, the magician, Mambres, about thirteen hundred. It was he, as every one knows, who had that famous dispute with Moses, in which the victory was so long doubtful between these two profound philosophers. If Mambres yielded, it was owing to the visible protection of the celestial powers, who favored his rival. It required gods to overcome Mambres!

.....

"'The ruler of the world,' said the angel to them, 'sends me to you to reward your virtue. Not only shall you be kings, but you shall constantly satisfy your ruling passions. Your first prophet, I make king of Egypt, and you shall continually preside in your council, who shall applaud your eloquence and your wisdom; and you, second prophet, I make king over Persia, and you shall continually hear most heavenly music; and you, third prophet, I make king of India, and I give you a charming mistress who shall never forsake you.'

"He to whose lot Egypt fell, began his reign by assembling his council, which was composed only of two hundred sages. He made them a long and eloquent speech, which was very much applauded, and the monarch enjoyed the pleasing satisfaction of intoxicating himself with praises uncorrupted by flattery.

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