Miserliness


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Miserliness

See also Stinginess.
Collyer brothers
(Homer, 1882–1947) (Langely, 1886–1947) wealthy brothers who lived barren and secluded lives in junk-laden Harlem mansion. [Am. Hist.: Facts (1947) 116; Am. Lit.: My Brother’s Keeper.]
Grandet, Monsieur
his loathsome miserliness and greed ruin the lives of his family. [Fr. Lit.: Eugenie Grandet in Magill I, 258]
Green, Hetty
(1834–1916) “Witch of Wall Street”; financial wizard whose miserliness became legendary. [Am. Hist.: The Day They Shook the Plum Tree]
Harpagon
his hoard of money means more to him than do his children. [Fr. Drama: Moliere The Miser]
Marner, Silas
cares only to amass gold; robbed of it, he finds new meaning in love for abandoned child. [Br. Lit.: Benét, 930]
McTeague, Trina
loves to count her hoard of coins, is niggardly with her husband. [Am. Lit.: McTeague, Magill I, 537; Am. Cinema: Greed, Halliwell, 176]
Plyushkin
incredibly miserly landowner serves Tchitchikov a year-old Easter cake. [Russ. Lit.: Gogol Dead Souls]
Scrooge
“grasping old sinner” who learns that miserliness leads only to loneliness and pain. [Br. Lit.: “A Christmas Carol” in Benét, 196]
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This love of money opens up into two different streams: miserliness and squandering.
The signature of this speculative poetic mindset is a curious oscillation between the trancelike suspension of desire on the one hand and grasping miserliness on the other.
These compendiums range from collections of graffiti left by lonely strangers in foreign lands to anecdotes about gate-crashers, a tome about misers and miserliness, and exhaustive listings of memorable gifts.
Plainly an unconscious wish to bury his own miserliness.
In Rodoreda's Isabel i Maria, Lluis's miserliness drives Isabel to abort his child (126, 149).
But that misread word planted an idea and two years later when A Christmas Carol was published, the name Ebenezer Scrooge became associated with greed, selfishness and miserliness.
We're not going to turn private monopolies into public monopolies, rather what we're trying to do is use this surplus that we're taking from the pockets of the Lebanese to get out of the vortex of miserliness," said Nahhas.
No one rationally chooses to live on the miserliness of sickness benefits because they see it as a good living.
In particular, Eva Peron adapted modes of performing assistance through her own idiosyncratic approach to social relief, while criticizing the supposed miserliness and arrogance of earlier traditions of charitable giving.
But with the lot of "leaders" that are the worst batch of leaders this nation has known in a long time, far surpassing the former "autocrats" and kings that prevailed in the last century, in oppression, miserliness and a total lack of culture and civility.
The ending of the story is not altogether hopeful that Cooter will be successful in saving his brother from miserliness.