Wednesday, October 6, 2010

L'Estrange: A Covetous Man and an Envious.

There was a Covetous, and an Envious Man, that join'd in a Petition to Jupiter; who very graciously order'd Apollo to tell them that their Desire should be granted at a Venture; provided only, that whatever the one ask'd, should be doubled to the other. The Covetous Man, that thought he could never have enough, was a good while at a Stand; considering, that let him ask never so much, the other should have twice as much. But he came however by degrees, to pitch upon one thing after another, and his Companion had it double. It was now the Envious Man's turn to offer up his Request, which was, that one of his own Eyes might be put out, for his Companion was then to lose both.

Avarice and Envy are Two of the most diabolical, and insociable Vices under Heaven. The One assumes all to itself, and the Other wishes every Bit its Neighbour eats may choak him.

Source: L'Estrange 238.
avarus et invidus

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