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Whether it originated in a person's tendency towards slothfulness or was caused by the distraction of a passing bumblebee?
The author of Ordenanzas describes how the warm Mexican climate leads to a general slothfulness amongst its inhabitants and expresses incredulity when he discovers that creole husbands permit their lazy wives to remain inattentive to the needs of their children:
Alberti's ambivalence towards otium is then traced back to Roman and Christian texts where it could have a double connotation of slothfulness and indolence, but also tranquility, peace, and serenity.
There he cannot indulge his native self-indulgence and slothfulness without inviting immediate censure.
Overstepping the bounds of propriety herself, she sneaked into one of the side chambers at a hammam: "I saw enough, in a few minutes, to fill me with disgust and commiseration for these poor creatures; from slothfulness and the want of education, morality appeared to be so degraded as to profane the very name of humanity" (A Woman's Journey 249).
Laurence's text was designed to help noblemen and gentlemen counter "Ignorance and Slothfulness of some [tenants and stewards], and the Knavery and Wickedness of others" [Laurence, 1727, preface; see also Lovett, c.
In typical agency relationships, slothfulness is usually the most significant concern.
the needle]; such a wonderful brightener and consoler; our weapon of defence against slothfulness, weariness, and sad thoughts; our thrifty helper in poverty, our pleasant friend at all times?
Contrary to popular usage, the sin of sloth, a loose translation of the Latin acedia, not only means lazy, it also means apathy or failure to care, as in "By much slothfulness the building decayeth and through idleness of hands the house droppeth through" (Ecclesiastes 10:18).
On food security we can no longer afford slumber, sluggishness and slothfulness.
all the Frenchmen who have married savages have been licentious, lazy and intolerably independent; and their children have been characterized by as great a slothfulness as the savages themselves.
This argument involves some helpful distinctions, made in reference to Piers Plowman, between obesity and slothfulness, physical fatness and spiritual-moral gluttony.