As I read Underground Man, I often find myself making connections between it and Candide by Voltaire. For example, the Underground Man points out his need for something new and different. He says, "I know myself as surely as two times two, that it isn't really the underground that's better, but something different, altogether different, something that I long for, but I'll never be able to find!" Cacambo, similarly, longs for new and different adventures, even if they turn out bad. He regularly travels, searching for something but never knowing what that something might be. When they cultivate the garden at the end of the story, Voltaire shows his opposition to this longing for a new life. He thinks people should spend their time being productive rather than constantly fantasizing about "what else is out their".