Thus Volpone, in his bid to expose the legacy-hunters, exposes himself, as the legacy hunters are not credulous either.
Therefore, in manipulating the legacy hunters, he thinks of himself as being better off than his father (as gold is 'brighter' than it's father), for he has been able to horde greater wealth than his father had left for him.
7 Mosca's notion that every wise person is a parasite, points to the situation where the three legacy hunters attempt at living off the fortune of another person.
The Dialogues in places target and consistently satirize legacy hunters.
Yet the dialogue still directs sympathy toward the old man and antipathy toward the legacy hunters.
Although it was never suggested that the legacy hunters actually made love to Polystratus, he did show his passive, effeminate bent by the delight he took in being courted and leading them on.
Polystratus points out, with irony, that the young fellow is now prestigious in the city and assiduously courted, and Simylus replies: "That's fine with me; I don't care if they make him commander-in-chief, as long as those legacy hunters don't inherit.
In particular, by initiating his own, however unconventional, choice of heir, Polystratus displays the Cynic virtue of independence that the legacy hunters so conspicuously lack, and his own frankness (parrhesia) contrasts with their hypocrisy.
Pluto instructs Hermes to deliberately allow Thucritus, a childless old man, to enjoy longevity while he drags down to Hades every one of the young legacy hunters in pursuit of his fortune.