Pococurante


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Pococurante

wealthy count who has lost his taste for most literature, art, music, and women. [Fr. Lit.: Candide]
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As for literature, Pococurante tells Candide that Homer is nothing but repetitive battle scenes, that Virgil is a cold and disagreeable poet and Horace an irrelevant babbler.
Indeed, the young, homosexual Baron, and the motley array of corrupt merchants, judges and hangers-on that Candide meets in his adventures, reject learned discourse for power and material gain, while Pococurante attests his boredom.
It is tempting to compare the views Voltaire advanced in his essay to those of Seigneur Pococurante, the jaded bibliophile who takes Candide on a tour of his library, critiquing the epics on his shelves.
P is for "pococurante"--meaning indifferent, a word Sai R.