Temperance vs Gluttony

The 7 Heavenly Virtues vs The 7 Deadly Sins

Temperance vs Gluttony

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Temperance

Restraint, temperance, justice. Constant mindfulness of others and one’s surroundings; practicing self-control, abstention, moderation and deferred gratification. Prudence to judge between actions with regard to appropriate actions at a given time. Proper moderation between self-interest, versus public-interest, and against the rights and needs of others.

Lucas North

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Lucas was the quintessential agent, always putting the needs of the many (the job) before the needs of his own. Most people in his situation would have come home from Russia and fought against the system, letting bitterness and regret consume them. Lucas, on the other hand, threw himself into his work because it was the only thing that he had, the only thing he could count on, the only thing that remained real.

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Even when he seemed to be slipping on the “delayed gratification” front with Sarah, he wasn’t really; she was part of the job, a contact that he could learn valuable inside information from.

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Gluttony

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The over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or wealth items to the point of extravagance or waste. Gluttony can be interpreted as selfishness; essentially placing concern with one’s own interests above the well-being or interests of others.

Percy Courtenay

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Percy liked the finer things in life but ended up letting the wealth and fame of his wife, Miss Marie Lloyd Queen of the Music Hall, corrupt and consume him. He used vices like alcohol and the company of other women to try and fill the void that his ego had created by marrying a woman who was more successful than him.

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Can we switch these two around?

Can Lucas be the Glutton and Percy be Temperate?

I’m having a hard time plugging Lucas into the role of Glutton, but maybe his downward spiral with Maya could fit: putting his self-interests above the well-being of others; was running really what was best for Maya (clearly not, as we found out) and was pushing aside all that he stood for worth the risk of rebelling against the system?

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Can Percy be seen as Temperate: showing restraint, prudence and putting the needs of others above his own? Maybe in the beginning, when he encouraged Marie in her career pursuit. I think even then though he was thinking ahead to the fame “they” would acquire together.

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What do you think of my picks for Gluttony and Temperance,

would other Richard Armitage characters fit the descriptions better?

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2 thoughts on “Temperance vs Gluttony

    • I don’t think he put other’s needs above his own though, the “everything for the art” mindset. Lucas puts the job before everything but the job *is* for the good of others, while Monet’s art might be for “the ages”, but it’s not helping anyone directly.

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