Candide Chapter 23
"Candide and Martin Reach the Coast of England; and What They Saw There"
Candide and Martin approach the coast of England. Candide wonders if people in England are as crazy as they are in France. Martin supposes that the English are crazy in different ways. Candide and Martin reach Portsmouth and watch a public execution of an English admiral. Candide learns that the admiral did not kill enough people. The execution is supposed to inspire others of similar rank to kill more people. Candide is once again horrified by the state of the world. He demands to be taken to Venice immediately. After getting over his shock and confusion, Candide regains his optimism when he reaches Venice. He revises Pangloss' characteristic refrain that all is well, saying instead that things are as good they get.