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    In a castle of Westphalia, belonging to the Baron of Thunder-ten-Tronckh, lived a youth, whom nature had endowed with the most gentle manners.

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  • His countenance was a true picture of his soul.

  • He combined a true judgment with simplicity of spirit, which was the reason, I apprehend, of his being called Candide.

  • The old servants of the family suspected him to have been the son of the Baron's sister, by a good, honest gentleman of the neighborhood, whom that young lady would never marry because he had been able to prove only seventy-one quarterings, the rest of his genealogical tree having been lost through the injuries of time.

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    The Baron was one of the most powerful lords in Westphalia, for his castle had not only a gate, but windows.

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  • His great hall, even, was hung with tapestry.

  • All the dogs of his farm-yards formed a pack of hounds at need;

  • his grooms were his huntsmen;

  • and the curate of the village was his grand almoner.

  • They called him “My Lord,” and laughed at all his stories.

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    The Baron's lady weighed about three hundred and fifty pounds, and was therefore a person of great consideration, and she did the honours of the house with a dignity that commanded still greater respect.

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  • Her daughter Cunegonde was seventeen years of age, fresh-coloured, comely, plump, and desirable.

  • The Baron's son seemed to be in every respect worthy of his father.

  • The Preceptor Pangloss was the oracle of the family, and little Candide heard his lessons with all the good faith of his age and character.

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    Pangloss was professor of metaphysico-theologico-cosmolo-nigology.

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  • He proved admirably that there is no effect without a cause, and that, in this best of all possible worlds, the Baron's castle was the most magnificent of castles, and his lady the best of all possible Baronesses.

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    “It is demonstrable,”

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    said he,

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Welcome to a new way to read!

Regular books are just lines and pages of text but Literal books look like a group chat. This intro will show you how to:

  1. Change and use the 4 different reading modes.
  2. Interact with the book to comment, take notes, and more.

Auto Load


When you select Auto Load you can set your reading speed (WPM), press play, and read the story as if the book were a group chat happening live.

AI Reader


Selecting the AI Reader will add AI voices to Auto Load so that you can hear the book read to you while each line of the book loads.

Tap To Load


If you'd rather control when each line of the book loads select Tap To Load. As you read tap the “Next Message” button to load the next line.

Free Scroll


Free Scroll mode allows you to do just as the name implies and freely scroll up or down throughout the book. All messages are pre-loaded in this mode.

Reader Tools


While reading you can tap on a speech bubble to make social comments, write private notes, define words, and translate words or sentences.

Ready to start?


Ready to get started? Tap start and then the play button to start reading your first Literal book in Auto Load mode.