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Greed

See also Stinginess.
Almayer’s Folly
lust for gold leads to decline. [Br. Lit.: Almayer’s Folly]
Alonso
Shakespearean symbol of avarice. [Br. Lit.: The Tempest]
Béline
fans husband’s hypochondria to get his money. [Fr. Lit.: Le Malade Imaginaire]
Barak’s wife
agrees to sell shadow, symbol of her fertility. [Aust. Opera: R. Strauss, Woman Without a Shadow, Westerman, 432]
Brown, Joe
turns in partner Joe Christmas for reward money. [Am. Lit.: Light in August]
Common Lot, The
the get-rich-quick club. [Am. Lit.: The Common Lot, Hart, 369]
Crawley, Pitt
inherits, marries, and hoards money. [Br. Lit.: Vanity Fair]
Eugénie Grandet
wealth as raison d’être. [Fr. Lit.: Eugenie Grandet, Magill I, 258–260]
Financier, The
riches as raison d’être. [Am. Lit.: The Financier, Magill I, 280–282]
Gehazi
behind master’s back, takes money he declined. [O.T.: II Kings 5:21–22]
Griffiths, Clyde
insatiable desire for wealth causes his downfall. [Am. Lit.: An American Tragedy]
Hoard, Walkadine
hastily marries courtesan posing as wealthy widow. [Br. Lit.: A Trick to Catch the Old One]
Kibroth-hattaavah
Hebrew place name: where greedy were buried. [O.T.: Numbers, 11:33–35]
Lucre, Pecunious
duped into succoring profligate nephew by lure of a fortune. [Br. Lit.: A Trick To Catch the Old One]
Mammon
avaricious fallen angel. [Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost]
Mammon, Sir Epicure
avaricious knight; seeks philosopher’s stone for Midas touch. [Br. Lit.: The Alchemist]
Mansion, The
shows material advantages of respectability winning over kinship. [Am. Lit.: The Mansion, Hart, 520]
Midas
greedy king whose touch turned everything to gold. [Classical Myth.: Bulfinch, 42–44]
Montgomery
mercenary chief proverbially kept for himself all the booty. [Fr. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 618]
Naboth’s Vineyard
another’s possession gotten, by hook or crook. [O.T.: I Kings, 21]
New Grub Street
place of ruthless contest among moneymongers. [Br. Lit.: New Grub Street, Magill I, 647–649]
Osmond, Gilbert
marries Isabel Archer for her money. [Am. Lit.: The Portrait of a Lady, Magill I, 766–768]
Overreach, Sir Giles
grasping usurer, unscrupulous and ambitious. [Br. Lit.: A New Way to Pay Old Debts, Wheeler, 275]
Pardoner’s Tale
three brothers kill each other for treasure. [Br. Lit.: Canterbury Tales, “Pardoner’s Tale”]
pig
medieval symbol of avarice. [Art: Hall, 247]
Putnam, Abbie
marries old man in anticipation of inheritance. [Am. Lit.: Desire Under the Elms]
Scrooge, Ebenezer
byword for greedy miser. [Br. Lit.: A Christmas Carol]
Sisyphus
condemned to impossible task for his avarice. [Gk. Myth.: Wheeler, 1011]
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And as long as they chase money with such disproportionate cupidity, Lord's will give them a wide berth.
They did not seem very happy or popular; their time was up and they had no hard currency the prospect of which, after years of deprivation, awoke the cupidity of the guides and hoteliers.
His great theme is the revolution betrayed: "the poverty and disillusion of those on the bottom rungs, coupled with the cupidity and gluttony of those on top, create a poisoned, unstable atmosphere, which the army senses; presenting itself as the champion of the injured and the humiliated, it emerges from the barracks, reaches for power"--and, like the pigs in Animal Farm, extinguishes all hope by replacing the old with a new oppression.
Pundits who often cite politicians' mendacity and cupidity as the cause of young people's disaffection with politics should be eager to praise an ethically impeccable candidate who urges youth to "turn on to politics.
I recognize it is time to return to a more optimistic and inner strengthening perspective and leave behind the selndulgence cupidity.
At the end, all but rubbing his hands with cupidity, Rockefeller declares he will now promote abstract art-it's better for business.
Time and again the motive of cupidity, a desire to increase his income through the licensing of entertainments, is imputed (albeit with indulgence) to Sir Henry as the basis for the exercise of his office rather than any ideological imperative.
Carew's Momus introduces the figure of Plutus by pointing out the dangers of cupidity and riches, just as Bruno had done at rather more length before him.
Desire and cupidity are much too strong for her to ever tame.
The Rajapakses, when inveigling opposition members to defect, use cupidity as their main psychological propellant.
Only the boundless courage of cupidity enables them to survive such an ordeal.
Goodbye to the courtyards that gave life and light to these buildings, goodbye also to the interior buildings, many of which were works of art in their own right, and hello to the industrial marble and fake pierre de taille that is de rigueur for these builders, Balzacian in their cupidity and stupidity.