They disputed fifteen successive days, and on the last of those fifteen days, they were as far advanced as on the first.
At length I saw all our Italian women, and my mother herself, torn, mangled, massacred, by the monsters who disputed over them.
What! have you no monks who teach, who dispute, who govern, who cabal, and who burn people that are not of their opinion?
In the middle of this dispute they heard the report of cannon; it redoubled every instant.
While they were disputing on this important subject and waiting for Cunegonde, Candide saw a young Theatin friar in St. Mark’s Piazza, holding a girl on his arm.
Candide disputed the point a little, but with discretion.
"Let us work," said Martin, "without disputing; it is the only way to render life tolerable."
Candide, Martin, and Pangloss sometimes disputed about morals and metaphysics.
While Candide, the Baron, Pangloss, Martin, and Cacambo were relating their several adventures, were reasoning on the contingent or non-contingent events of the universe, disputing on effects and causes, on moral and physical evil, on liberty and necessity, and on the consolations a slave may feel even on a Turkish galley, they arrived at the house of the Transylvanian prince on the banks of the Propontis.
We were continually disputing, and received twenty lashes with a bull’s pizzle when the concatenation of universal events brought you to our galley, and you were good enough to ransom us."
How can I have any esteem for a writer who has spoiled Tasso’s hell and the devil, who transforms Lucifer sometimes into a toad and other times into a pigmy, who makes him repeat the same things a hundred times, who makes him dispute on theology, who, by a serious imitation of Ariosto’s comic invention of firearms, represents the devils cannonading in heaven?
Such spectacles as these increased the number of their dissertations; and when they did not dispute time hung so heavily upon their hands, that one day the old woman ventured to say to them: "I want to know which is worse, to be ravished a hundred times by negro pirates, to have a buttock cut off, to run the gauntlet among the Bulgarians, to be whipped and hanged at an auto-da-fe, to be dissected, to row in the galleys—in short, to go through all the miseries we have undergone, or to…
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The area has long been a source of dispute between India and Pakistan.