Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 54. Avaricious and Envious (Perry
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 his 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.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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