Avaricious and Envious


TWO neighbours came before Jupiter and prayed him to grant their hearts’ desire.
Now the one was full of avarice, and the other eaten up with envy. So to punish
them both, Jupiter granted that each might have whatever he wished for himself,
but only on condition that his neighbour had twice as much. The Avaricious man
prayed to have a room full of gold. No sooner said than done; but all his joy was
turned to grief when he found that his neighbour had two rooms full of the precious
metal. Then came the turn of the Envious man, who could not bear to think that hia
neighbour had any joy at all. So he prayed that he might have one of his own eyes
put out, by which means his companion would become totally blind.

“VICES ARE THEIR OWN PUNISHMENT.”