Candide and Cacambo see two monkeys apparently attacking two women. Candide shoots the monkeys but then wonders if they might have been lovers. Engraving from Voltaire’s Candide. Drawing by Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune. Etching by Emmanuel de Ghendt. 1803. Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.
“What would Dr. Pangloss have said of Gonzi’s decision to abandon the Co-Cathedral Museum Extension Project? That it happened for us common mortals to appreciate Dr. Gonzi’s limitless respect for national unity. That this is proof that this is the best of all worlds and whatever happens at any moment in any situation is the best that could have happened in that moment in that situation. Also, that it is one unavoidable event in an unavoidable concatenation of events that will lead to the appointment of the best possible person as Maltese Commissioner of the European Union. And that, therefore, what happened was good as all that happens is good and what is not good does not happen. Thus would Dr. Pangloss have said. And if you say otherwise you are a Labourite and your mother is a peroxide blonde with red skirt, white T-shirt and plastic accessories. And if you deny that this is the best of all possible worlds you are an ahmar or a hadra.”