In this scene from Candide, Voltaire criticizes European society and it's obsession with money and power, as well as the idea that man is innately good. Candide, naive as always, simply gives his valuables to the captain, who promptly sails away with them. The innate goodness of man is completely refuted in this part of the scene.
How much will you charge to carry me straight to Venice-me, my servants, my baggage, and these two sheep?
Ten grand, no less.
This should cover it!
Oh! Oh! This stranger gives ten thousand piastres unhesitatingly! He must be very rich.
This guy is a moron, let's see how much money I can get from him.
Well, you shall have them.
Then you shall have thirty thousand.
Yeah so I actually need like twenty thousand dude.
Did I say twenty? I meant thirty.
Some Time Later
What a moron.
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