Anatomy of Melancholy, 269-271 — Pt. I, Sec. 2, Mem. III, Subsect. 8 — Emulation, Hatred, Faction, Desire of Revenge, Causes (again)

“As Cyprian describes emulation, it is ‘a moth of the soul, a consumption, to make another man’s happiness his misery, to torture, crucify, and execute himself, to eat his own heart.'”

If I keep backtracking and making multiple illustrations per subsection, I will literally die before I finish this project. I couldn’t help myself though, yet again. I just really wanted to draw Cyprian’s emulating moth.

Okay, now I am finally moving on to subsection 10 and that paragraph about filthy puddles and “men as so many emmets.” But before I go, maybe just one more drawing? I kind of want to draw an envious man eating his own heart. Ew gross. I think you know what you signed up for at this point though, eh? Well, you know it will be silly-gross, not gross-gross.

This post is part of a long, tedious, and very illustrated read-along of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. More info here and follow along on Facebook here. Illustrations posted via devon_isadevon on Instagram.

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