And when he has made reason and spirit sit down on the ground obediently on either side of their sovereign, and taught them to know their place, he compels the one to think only of how lesser sums may be turned into larger ones, and will not allow the other to worship and admire anything but riches and rich men, or to be ambitious of anything so much as the acquisition of wealth and the means of acquiring it.
There are hosts of crimes which Marius could sooner have committed.
“Hermione's a witch,” Harry snarled.
Moreover, the pit seemed, for the first few steps, not to be very deep.
I don't want to ruin you, I am not a greedy fellow, after all.
‘Well, maybe Snape isn't really trying to help Harry ...’
So he lived, not knowing and not seeing any chance of knowing what he was and what he was living for, and harassed at this lack of knowledge to such a point that he was afraid of suicide, and yet firmly laying down his own individual definite path in life.