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.
your parasite is a most precious thing, dropt from above,...All the wise world is little else, in nature, But parasites, or sub-parasites."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.
So vehement was Salvian on this theme, that a cynical 19th century German historian named Loening called his Ad Ecclesim "a manual of the clerical art of extortion, a guide to legacy hunters
." But Salvian was an absolutely honest Puritan.
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." Thus, although moralists were appalled at cinaedi and machos scoffed at them, Lucian regarded their vice as trivial in comparison to the baseness of legacy hunters.
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.