Temperance vs Gluttony

The 7 Heavenly Virtues vs The 7 Deadly Sins

Temperance vs Gluttony



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


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.


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.




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


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.


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?


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.


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

would other Richard Armitage characters fit the descriptions better?

Chastity vs. Lust

The 7 Heavenly Virtues vs. The 7 Deadly Sins

*do I need a bible for this?*
*do I need a bible for this?*

No, this isn’t a theology lesson 😛 I thought it might be interesting to assign different Richard Armitage characters to the various virtues and sins by matching up their individual traits. I will try to pick the character that embodies the definition best so no one character is used more than once; it’s not fair to use Guy for all the evil ones!

*damn straight*
*damn straight*

So, let’s start with: Chastity vs. Lust



abstaining from sexual conduct according to one’s state in life; the practice of courtly love and romantic friendship. cleanliness through cultivated good health and hygiene. to be honest with oneself, one’s family, one’s friends, and to all of humanity. embracing of moral wholesomeness and achieving purity of thought through education and betterment. the ability to refrain from being distracted and influenced by hostility, temptation or corruption.

That has John Thornton written all over it!


The Master of the Mill follows social etiquette when pursuing a lady.

He respects and values her friendship, not just her looks and status.

"who made these BUNS? these BUNS here, did you make them?"
“who made these BUNS? these BUNS here, did you make them?”

Mr. Thornton is a cultivated and upstanding citizen who maintains a loving relationship with his family.

He possesses a vigorous mind that is always striving for more.

"what are you talking about?"
“what are you talking about?”

This mill-boss will not be bullied,

neither by his workers or his colleagues.

"whoever *they* are"
“whoever *they* are”



intense desire.

can take the form of knowledge, sex, power, food, or fame.

lust is a powerful psychological force producing intense wanting.

My pick for this one is: Lee


Mainly because he’s ruled by his hormones,

Flirty Girty cheater that he is.

"they Frenchify it"
“they Frenchify it”

and I wanted to save Guy

for a different sin…

"oh, let's not go there"
“oh, let’s not go there”

Is it possible to switch these around?

Does Lee share any of Chastity’s traits?

Good Health and Hygiene maybe, but that’s about it!

I just wanted an excuse to post this pic
I just wanted an excuse to post this pic

Does John share any of the Lust traits?

While he does strive for excellence, I don’t think he necessarily lusts for power or fame.

So, in conclusion: John Thornton is every mother’s dream,

"that's not your hair? it's a really good wig!"
“that’s not your hair? it’s a really good wig!”

while Lee

is every father’s nightmare.

*do you come with Tartar Sauce? because you're quite the catch*
*do you come with Tartar Sauce? because you’re quite the catch*

Which characters would you pick for Chastity and Lust?

(“quoted” captions brought to you by TheAnglophileChannel’s RA interview teaser 😉 )