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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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It was always going to be mine and you have to have that hunger as a striker, you need that greediness to be the man who scores the goals.
A deputy county organiser said: "It does seem to bring out the worst in some people and some people are guilty of greediness or at least not thinking about what they are doing.
This is an appealingly creepy tale that features details of life in the Middle Ages along with a feisty heroine and a message about the dangers of greediness.
Laziness, in that the daily cooking lessons didn't start until 3pm, giving us plenty of time to chill out by the heavenly pool, and greediness because each day we would prepare our own four-course dinner.
Romanovsaid:"My comment is that it was an agent for the player - because of his greediness - who treated the player like cattle.
While the poor old pig is unfairly singled out on the grounds of greediness, the horse is rewarded with its own chestnut and radish.
Certainly the potential parallels between greediness in the workplace and the Habermasian notion of colonisation of life worlds is evident.
While these dupes of the 419 scam, (named after the section number in Nigerian law that applies to it), could be said to have erred on the side of greediness, some totally innocent victims in Hong Kong were hoodwinked out of HK$1 million (US$128,000) in a series of scams last April.
I contrasted her forced rapacity with the absurd greediness of the pig in front of me, whose unwillingness to let other guys near any of the booty reminded me of an acquaintance's similarly compulsive appetite for alcohol.
The NFL, in all its greediness, is showing how bold and stupid one can be with thoughts of grandeur.
To the eyes of the old priest there was no greediness in Alan's hands.
Proposers commonly explain their behavior to researchers by saying that they fear responders will view a low offer as unfair and reject it as a way of punishing the proposer's greediness, even if the responder ends up with nothing.