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.