"We would be introduced to King Midas, who would soon die, and then we would have all the money"

Midas is a King in Greek mythology who possessed the power to turn anything he touched into gold. At first, he was delighted but his greed subsequently betrayed him when his food, his drink and even his daughter turned to solid gold.

Cathy's mention of Midas foreshadows the misfortunate fate the children had to tolerate at the expense of greed and covetousness. They too learnt that riches are not nearly as important as love, truth and loyalty.

The Story of King Midas