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Monkey business

Answer to Geoff question in the last lecture:

A monkey or ape was thought to be an animal with human desires but without human restrain. Thus it become a a symbol of immoral self-indulgence, greed, cunning and lust. (such the rich Georgians or the bankers of today) A monkey with chains symbolizes the defeat, or at least civilized restraint, of these tendencies. It is often shown in exotic settings, like the one in the slide.