from Commentary on the Images in
(Avaritia) is the inordinate love of wealth, and the power that wealth
gives, whether it is manifested by miserly hoarding or by lavish spending.
It is a peculiarly earth-bound sin, looking to nothing beyond the rewards of
this life (cf. Bunyan's "man with the muck-rake"); it is expiated here by
the endurance of its effects; the souls are so fettered that they can see
nothing but the earth on which they once set store.