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ceases to be envy in the one case and indignation in the other, and becomes fear, if the pain
and disturbance are due to the prospect of something bad for ourselves as the result of the
other man's good fortune. The feelings of pity and indignation will obviously be attended by
the converse feelings of satisfaction. If you are pained by the unmerited distress of others,
you will be pleased, or at least not pained, by their merited distress. Thus no good man can
be pained by the punishment of parricides or murderers. These are things we are bound to
rejoice at, as we must at the prosperity of the deserving; both these things are just, and both
give pleasure to any honest man, since he cannot help expecting that what has happened to a
man like him will happen to him too. All these feelings are associated with the same type of
moral character. And their contraries are associated with the contrary type; the man who is
delighted by others' misfortunes is identical with t...
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