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Voltaire's notorious masterpiece Candide is a satirical marvel which incorporates numerous themes related to the flaws of mankind. Among many very obvious themes and ironic twists, there are subtle lines that hint at the possibility of homosexuality of the mighty son of Baron von Thunder-ten-tronckh, brother of dear Cunegonde and the colonel and priest of the Jesuits.
On page 10, the beginning of chapter 4, Pangloss explains that his “poor pupil received exactly the same treatment as his sister…” In this quote, the pupil he speaks of is none other than the Baron’s son. Pangloss stated earlier on the same page that Cunegonde had been “raped until she could be raped no more”. This evidence brings us to believe that the Baron’s son had been raped by the Bulgar soldiers just like his sister.
Later, in the beginning of chapter 15, the Baron’s son, who had now rose in rank to a Jesuit colonel and priest, eagerly explains his tale of survival and ascendance to Candide. The Baron’s proudly tells Candide of his own natural beauty and how he became even more beautiful as the days went by. Then he tells Candide of how the “Reverend Father Croust, who was the superior of the community, conceived the most tender affection towards [him]. Here, he casually and proudly explains how his own beauty attracted older men.