Commentary on the Images in
The sin of Gluttony is--specifically--an undue
attention to the pleasures of the palate, whether by sheer excess in eating
and drinking, or by the opposite fault of fastidiousness. More
generally, it includes all over-indulgence in bodily comforts--the
concentration, whether jovial or fretful, on a "high standard of living."
It is accordingly purged by starvation within sight of plenty.
tends to be, on the whole, a warm-hearted and companionable sin, often
resulting from, and in, a mistaken notion of good-fellowship, it is placed
higher than the egotistical and cold-hearted sins. (Compare the
corresponding classification in Hell).