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"Deadly sins - Theatrical Dialogue"
by Mario Donizetti 

GREED

I Voice (Scholar) - The greater the greed, the greater the loss of what one is greedy for.

II Voice (Satyr) - Greed steals time from pleasure, it shortens life and so the time of enjoyment, too. The greedy person is a born materialist but does not maintain the death of God as some philosophers touched by the greatness of the spirit do.

I Voice - Greed denies all future projects because it believes it has reached all its objectives in its current greed.

II Voice - And poetic rhythm is the frequent rhythm of greed itself.

The rhyming couplets are the blending of flavours and smells which alternate, following a rhythm in each recipe.

At every gulp the greedy person forgets the previous one and so the past does not teach him any lessons and the future is overshadowed by the present, so time, for a greedy person, is not the beginning and end of things which happen, but simply does not exist: greed is time without a sequence of events, it is the event that occurs from the mouth to the pylorus.

I Voice - Its origin lies in the old hunger of all living beings. Hunger becomes greed when hunger is satisfied, and this is the reason for its being thrown into the world of sins even though it is blameless.

II Voice - The greedy persons justifies himself without being asked to, as he sees in others the pity which he should have for himself. On the day of reckoning he does not ask anyone for help because his misfortune is pleasant. So the greedy person explodes and dies happy and those who die happy go to heaven.

The death throes of the greedy person are poetic. Those who are present at the greedy person's death are exempt from wailing. Those who are in at the end of the greedy person look upwards from where the grace of glorious peace came, which, in truth, was never lacking during life.

With a heavy and succulent pot on his paunch the greedy person lives as friskily as a lamb, suspended in air. In fact, when greed takes holds of you, everything else is accidental even if the object of your desire is a salty anchovy. At that moment even a banquet put off for an hour at the court of Spain falls into contempt. The music of a cherub or the song of mermaids let's be quite clear - really those that sang for Ulysses - do not reach the ear of those listening to their belly and this confirms that our senses immediately perceive only what we think of for gain. A poet listening to Homer does not see the anchovy even if it is dangled before his eyes and a greedy person only hears Homer through the taste of the anchovy.

I Voice - Gentlemen, sins do not suffer loneliness, they are loved even though condemned.

II Voice - Because when they are moderated they are virtues. (An evil chortle).

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