Suzanne Roberts is the author of the memoir Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail. Her work has recently appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, River Teeth, CNN, The Rumpus, The Normal School, and elsewhere. She lives in South Lake Tahoe and teaches for the low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada College. More information may be found on her website: www.suzanneroberts.net.
Jealousy is the anticipation of loss, real or imagined, to a rival. Envy is prompted by covetousness and a wicked desire to supplant someone else. But it seems to me that jealousy is a euphemism for envy—one of the seven deadly sins, the hatred that prompts Nemeses to lead Narcissus to the pool. We call envy jealousy to hide its danger—Echo and her laughter.