For thogh a wydwe hadde noght a sho,
So plesaunt was his "In principio,"
Yet wolde he have a ferthyng, er he wente.

– Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales, General Prologue. The hypocritical Friar Hubert’s quest for money knows no bounds. He is so greedy that he would cash in on his rhetorical skills and recite "In principio" (John 1) to a poor shoeless widow, in order to extract money from her.