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Pur 13

Illustration for Dante's Purgatorio 13 by Gustave Doré. This painting shows perfectly the human envy. In fact, in Dante's hand, the envious covered with sackcloth, and with eyes sewn of wire, in punishment of the glance of envy that they face in life against the next, while the color of the hair shirt alludes to his face livid with desire, they are seated supported one another, on the contrary that in life, when they tried to spoil each other.

Necklace of Envy is based off of one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Like greed and lust, Envy (Latin, invidia) is characterized by an insatiable desire. Envy is similar to jealousy in that they both feel discontent towards someone's traits, status, abilities, or rewards. The difference is the envious also desire the entity and covet it. Envy can be directly related to the Ten Commandments, specifically, "Neither shall you desire... anything that belongs to your neighbour." Dante defined this as "a desire to deprive other men of theirs". In Dante's Purgatory, the punishment for the envious is to have their eyes sewn shut with wire because they have gained sinful pleasure from seeing others brought low. Aquinas described envy as "sorrow for another's good".

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