Covetousness, also called Sir Harvey, is a naïve man who knows so little about Christianity, he doesn’t even know what restitution means—even though his title (Sir) denotes status, either in the clergy or the nobility. After he confesses to Repentance, however, Covetousness is overwhelmed by crippling guilt for his sins—this is one of the poem’s many examples of contrition, or genuine remorse for one’s wrongdoings.
Covetousness Character Timeline in Piers Plowman
The timeline below shows where the character Covetousness appears in Piers Plowman. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...winds come. Piers explains that he uses the first pole to protect the tree from Covetousness. The second pole protects against the flesh, which introduces “worms of sin” to the tree.... (full context)