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The princess Amasidia, daughter of Amasis, King of Tanis in Egypt, took a walk upon the highway of Peluaium with the ladies of her train. She was sunk in deep melancholy. Tears gushed from her beautiful eyes. The cause of her grief was known, as well as the fears she entertained lest that grief should displease the king, her father. The old man, Mambres, ancient magician a The princess Amasidia, daughter of Amasis, King of Tanis in Egypt, took a walk upon the highway of Peluaium with the ladies of her train. She was sunk in deep melancholy. Tears gushed from her beautiful eyes. The cause of her grief was known, as well as the fears she entertained lest that grief should displease the king, her father. The old man, Mambres, ancient magician and eunuch of the Pharoahs, was beside her, and seldom left her. He was present at her birth. He had educated her, and taught her all that a fair princess was allowed to know of the sciences of Egypt. The mind of Amasidia equaled her beauty. Her sensibility and tenderness rivaled the charms of her person; and it was this sensibility which cost her so many tears. The princess was twenty-four years old, the magician, Mambres, about thirteen hundred. It was he, as every one knows, who had that famous dispute with Moses, in which the victory was so long doubtful between these two profound philosophers. If Mambres yielded, it was owing to the visible protection of the celestial powers, who favored his rival. It required gods to overcome Mambres!


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The princess Amasidia, daughter of Amasis, King of Tanis in Egypt, took a walk upon the highway of Peluaium with the ladies of her train. She was sunk in deep melancholy. Tears gushed from her beautiful eyes. The cause of her grief was known, as well as the fears she entertained lest that grief should displease the king, her father. The old man, Mambres, ancient magician a The princess Amasidia, daughter of Amasis, King of Tanis in Egypt, took a walk upon the highway of Peluaium with the ladies of her train. She was sunk in deep melancholy. Tears gushed from her beautiful eyes. The cause of her grief was known, as well as the fears she entertained lest that grief should displease the king, her father. The old man, Mambres, ancient magician and eunuch of the Pharoahs, was beside her, and seldom left her. He was present at her birth. He had educated her, and taught her all that a fair princess was allowed to know of the sciences of Egypt. The mind of Amasidia equaled her beauty. Her sensibility and tenderness rivaled the charms of her person; and it was this sensibility which cost her so many tears. The princess was twenty-four years old, the magician, Mambres, about thirteen hundred. It was he, as every one knows, who had that famous dispute with Moses, in which the victory was so long doubtful between these two profound philosophers. If Mambres yielded, it was owing to the visible protection of the celestial powers, who favored his rival. It required gods to overcome Mambres!

30 review for The White Bull by Voltaire, Fiction, Classics, Literary

  1. 5 out of 5

    Armin

    Herrliche Religionssatire im Märchengewand, um einen verhexten König und eine Prinzessin, die in einem weißen Stier ihren seit sieben Jahren vermissten Geliebten wieder erkennt. Da ihr Vater dem durch bösen Zauber verwandelten Herrscher unterlegen war, der für die volle Macht so gut wie alles opfern würde, sind weder der Stier noch die Königstochter ihres Lebens sicher. Heitere Bibelkritik spielt eine ebenso große Rolle auch in Gestalt von allerlei biblischem Personal von der Schlange des Paradi Herrliche Religionssatire im Märchengewand, um einen verhexten König und eine Prinzessin, die in einem weißen Stier ihren seit sieben Jahren vermissten Geliebten wieder erkennt. Da ihr Vater dem durch bösen Zauber verwandelten Herrscher unterlegen war, der für die volle Macht so gut wie alles opfern würde, sind weder der Stier noch die Königstochter ihres Lebens sicher. Heitere Bibelkritik spielt eine ebenso große Rolle auch in Gestalt von allerlei biblischem Personal von der Schlange des Paradieses über die Hexe von Endor bis zu Noahs Raben, insofern gibt es für Eingeweihte viel zu lachen. Mehr vom Inhalt will ich hier nicht spoilern, allerdings trägt die Kenntnis seiner Philosophie bzw. etlicher Artikel aus dem Philosophischen Wörterbuch viel zum Wiedererkennungs- bzw. tieferem Verständnisfaktor bei. Die regierungskritische Pointe scheint überzeitlich, leider war Angela Merkel nie ein Ochse, der nach sieben Jahren zur Vernunft kommen konnte. Aber hierzulande ist das Volk ja (nominell) der Souverän.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Oliviu Crâznic

    Beautifully written, but the story itself is hardly a story to care for.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jekaterina

    Very "1001 Nights"! Very "1001 Nights"!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dina

    "I choose that a story should be founded on probability, and not always resemble a dream. I desire to find nothing in it trivial or extravagant; and I desire above all, that under the appearance of fable there may appear some latent truth, obvious to the discerning eye, though it escape the observation of the vulgar." - Amasidia "I choose that a story should be founded on probability, and not always resemble a dream. I desire to find nothing in it trivial or extravagant; and I desire above all, that under the appearance of fable there may appear some latent truth, obvious to the discerning eye, though it escape the observation of the vulgar." - Amasidia

  5. 5 out of 5

    Liberty K

    Voltaire's wisdom is undeniable and his beliefs timeless and this book proves it! Voltaire's wisdom is undeniable and his beliefs timeless and this book proves it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leen

    Kritische opiniestukken onder de vorm van humoristische sprookjes. Meest genoten van Le Taureau Blanc zelf

  7. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Blyth

    (mon avis suivra!)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adi

    I enjoyed it. Maybe not as much as "The The Princess of Babylon", but it was still a nice story, full of magic, wonders and memorable heroes. I enjoyed it. Maybe not as much as "The The Princess of Babylon", but it was still a nice story, full of magic, wonders and memorable heroes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    A book that truly intrigued me!

  10. 4 out of 5

    m

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dhaar Mehak

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gautier Giuliani

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hamza Ouzzi

  14. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aidan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Være

  17. 4 out of 5

    Victor Maestracci

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jani Ylikangas

  19. 4 out of 5

    Graeme Andrew

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  21. 5 out of 5

    John Dent

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carrizales

  23. 4 out of 5

    Divya Aggarwal

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  25. 4 out of 5

    Silybum Marianum

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Rhodes

  27. 5 out of 5

    Raven Velina

  28. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

  29. 5 out of 5

    Graham

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michellle

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