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A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal

by Jonathan Swift

Greed Quotes

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Quote #4

Many other advantages might be enumerated: for instance, the addition of some thousand carcasses in our exportation of barreled beef; the propagation of swine's flesh (26)

It doesn't look like the wealthy differentiate between types of meat. Beef, swine, child—all are precious commodities in A Modest Proposal.

Quote #5

Supposing that one thousand families in this city would be constant customers for infants' flesh (27)

Since the narrator has already estimated the number of children for sale, it stands to reason that he would estimate the number of greedy families. Notice the relatively small number of wealthy families (1,000) compared to children designated for food (120,000).

Quote #6

Therefore let no man talk to me of other expedients: […] of utterly rejecting the materials and instruments that promote foreign luxury; of curing the expensiveness of pride, vanity, idleness, and gaming in our women (28)

In this passage, Swift specifically addresses greed in women. Why would this be of particular interest to him?

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