The question below consists of a paragraph in which the first and last
sentences are identified as S1
respectively. Choose the option that has the most logical
order of the intermediate sentences.
- This is properly to be considered as originating in the desire to possess the means of procuring other gratifications.
- This may be the case even when the propensity is regulated by the rules of justice; if it breaks through this restraint, it leads to fraud, extortion, deceit, and injustice, and, under another form, to theft or robbery
- It is a propensity which may, in a remarkable manner, engross the whole character, acquiring strength by continuance, and it is then generally accompanied by a contracted selfishness, which considers nothing as mean or unworthy that can be made to contribute to the ruling passion.
- But, by the influence of habit, the desire is transferred to the thing itself, and it often becomes a kind of mania, in which there is the pure love of gain, without the application of it to any other kind of enjoyment.
The Desire of Wealth is commonly called Avarice, though avarice is
perhaps justly to be regarded as the morbid excess or abuse of the
: It is therefore always in danger of being opposed to the exercise of the benevolent affections, leading a man to live for himself, and to study only the means calculated to promote his own interest.