Money may be a ruling passion

— Holcroft, Thomas (1745-1809)


Place of Publication
London
Publisher
Printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson [etc.]
Date
1787
Metaphor
Money may be a ruling passion
Metaphor in Context
GABRIEL
Lord, mun, your worship need no' be so shy, like--You do know, you ha' promised me a plac. --an places that are no' bought one way--mun be bought another.

SIR FREDERIC
Well said, friend Gabriel.

GABRIEL
An, as for keeping o' family secrets, donno' you fear me; becase why, I do find they be a sarvant's best parkizites--For, an it wur na for family secrets, how should so many poor country Johns so very soon become gentlemen?

SIR FREDERIC [aside]
This fellow's thoughts run all in one channel; his ruling passion is money; the love of that sharpens his intellects, and opens his eyes and ears.--Well, Gabriel, you shall find me generous as a Prince, provided--Here's somebody coming--go into the next room; I'll speak with you presently.

GABRIEL
Ees.--But I do hope your honour's worship wunna forget the place, like?

SIR FREDERIC
Never fear.
Provenance
Searching HDIS for "ruling passion"
Theme
Ruling Passion
Date of Entry
06/01/2004

The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.