Philosophical History

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Author: Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)
Published: 1752
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,653 / 32 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.5
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 2,025
Added to site: 2009.09.29
mnybks.net#: 25413
Genre: Satire

This novel can be seen as an imitation of Gulliver's Travels. It contains many allusions.

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osphere with a very nice provision of mathematical instrument when the ruler of Saturn, who had heard news of the departure, came in tears to remonstrate. She was a pretty, petite brunette who was only 660 fathoms tall, but who compensated for this small size with many other charms.

"Cruelty!" she cried, "after resisting you for 1,500 years, just when I was beginning to come around, when I'd spent hardly a hundred[1] years in your arms, you leave me to go on a voyage with a giant from another world; go, you're only curious, you've never been in love: if you were a true Saturnian, you would be faithful. Where are you running off to? What do you want? Our five moons are less errant than you, our ring less inconsistent. It's over, I will never love anyone ever again."

The philosopher embraced her, cried with her, philosopher that he was; and the woman, after swooning, went off to console herself with the help of one of the dandies of the country.

[1] The 1773 edition is the first that reads

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