The general who advances without coveting
fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.
Then he turned towards the night breeze which bore towards him, he seemed to think, the distant song of the nightingale; and, after having laid in a due provision of melancholy, another nocturnal malady, he retired to rest thinking, with regard to his own love affair, that perhaps four or even a larger number of eyes, quite as ardent as those of De Guiche and Buckingham, were coveting
his own idol in the chateau at Blois.
Any man with eyes in his head, he seemed to think, could not help coveting
so much bodily magnifi cence.
As this passage does not occupy more than twelve or thirteen hours, we arranged to go ashore that night: not coveting
the distinction of sleeping in a state-room, when it was possible to sleep anywhere else.
If Gilbert Clennam, reduced to imbecility, at the point of death, and labouring under the delusion of some imaginary relenting towards a girl of whom he had heard that his nephew had once had a fancy for her which he had crushed out of him, and that she afterwards drooped away into melancholy and withdrawal from all who knew her--if, in that state of weakness, he dictated to me, whose life she had darkened with her sin, and who had been appointed to know her wickedness from her own hand and her own lips, a bequest meant as a recompense to her for supposed unmerited suffering; was there no difference between my spurning that injustice, and coveting
mere money--a thing which you, and your comrades in the prisons, may steal from anyone?