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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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My father greedily takes in their scent and wishes they would stay.
"Since the onset of the crisis in Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran has supported the popular demands, while warning against the plots which have been hatched on this path, and it has stressed that the usurper Zionist regime is looking greedily at the developments in Syria and their main goal is weakening the Resistance front," Roknabadi said in a meeting with Head of Lebanon's Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) Asa'ad Hardan in Beirut on Saturday.
Meanwhile the D.O revenue, Qasim Shaukat informed that Soomar Goth was official estate, being greedily eyed by land mafia
If that were true, the bosses wouldn't be greedily taking up these obscene, provocative bonuses at such a sensitive time.
Spectacle existed for its own sake more than in any other sort of theatre, feeding upon itself, growing bigger and bigger, greedily consuming all the resources of technology, money, and manpower it was given.' Michael Booth, Victorian Spectacular Theatre (1981), p.
Blume expertly captures each character''s emotions and I raced through the novel greedily wanting to know what happens next.
We appear now to have a ruling administration at all levels, greedily pushing its own snouts ever deeper in the gravy train trough, the replenishment of which is becoming more worryingly obscure to the working man with each passing week!
The Share-a-Not, full of brilliant colour, fantastic characters and eccentric engineering in the Heath Robinson style, is the tale of a selfish, shaggy blue monster who greedily sets out to steal every pet rock in existence.
Root: The Latin word vor[macron over a]re, meaning "to eat greedily," gives us the root vor.
He adds, however, that people act greedily or illogically about money because of a virtuous nature.
The insurers greedily rake in all the wagers, in the form of premiums, but then when the going appears that it may get rough, they want to get out of town, like some two-bit sports bookie after a client hits a long shot.
The majority of music over the past few years, from the realm of the corporate and independent worlds alike, has become stale, much of it either straining to recapture the past glory of previous pioneers, while another sizable portion yap greedily at the tall of whatever current fad is deemed "it."