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INVIDIA

Envy

Emblema 71.

Squallida vipereas manducans faemina carnes,
Cuique dolent oculi,[1] quaeque suum cor edit,
Quam macÓes, & pallor habent, spinosaque gestat
Tela manus [=manu] : talis pingitur Invidia.[2]

A filthy woman chewing the flesh of vipers, whose eyes give her pain, who gnaws her own heart, in the grip of emaciation and pallor, carrying prickly sticks in her hand - thus is Envy depicted.

Notes:

1.Oculi dolent is a proverbial expression, referring to the pain of seeing what one does not like.

2.This description is taken from Ovid, Metamorphoses, 2.760ff., a depiction of the House of Envy.

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