Mawworm


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Mawworm

sanctimonious preacher. [Br. Lit.: The Hypocrite, Brewer Handbook, 687]
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31) These lines echo the sermon inserted by comic actor Charles Mathews in performing The Hypocrite at the Lyceum in 1809, which thereafter became a traditional part of the play when either Mathews or John Liston played the role of Mawworm (Davis 'Cannibalisation'; see also Mathews 150).
4, 1838, and located in the Harvard Theatre Collection, Rice inveighed against Northerners, whom he called "God-damn fanatical Mawworms," and declared that "cotton has taken a rise and the South will flourish forever.
A writer in 1863 was similarly disparaging of the first New England settlers, which he termed a mass of "Saxonized mawworms," that had been "vomited from the piety-gorged stomach of Britain" and would eventually meet their end through collective suicide, just as "the Java reptile" expired through "the excess of its own poison.