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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Parkins's awakening to neighborly generosity leaves her bereft and upset, signaling her incomplete transition from miserliness to munificence.
This love of money opens up into two different streams: miserliness and squandering.
She does refer to dances and dancing several times throughout the novel; therefore, this notable omission cues us in to Austen's choices in constructing not a festive comedy, celebrating young love's ability to overcome old suspicion and miserliness, but a problem comedy.
Moreover, the disparagement (al-madhamma) in the custom of the people is not connected to earning (as such) but to betrayal of trust (al-khiyana), (81) breaking promises (khulf al-wa'd), swearing false oaths (al-yamin al-kadhiba), (82) and to the meaning of miserliness (ma'na al-bukhl).
18) On many occasions, Cervantes associates the heart with ethical qualities of the individual, such as when Don Quijote scorns Sancho's miserliness by asking him to "ensanchar su corazon" (2.
To me, it sounds like another libel on Jews in the shtetl in Eastern Europe with the consistent intent of downgrading them for their miserliness.
Thus, it has a dual effect of purification: It purges the beneficiaries of any feelings of grudge and hatred towards rich people and purges the rich givers of the feelings of greed, self-aggrandisement and miserliness.
Early on, you realize that, yes, Dyer is actually going to walk you through the entire movie, sometimes shot by shot, retelling the story while digressing, often in footnotes, on whatever pops to mind: recollections of his father's miserliness, Flaubert's project for 'a book about nothing' (ahem
And though both of these examples just happen to be Scottish, I can confirm that the festive miserliness spreads uniformly across the UK.
His miserliness brings misery to his factory workers, and his serial philandering renders him unfit as a family man.
His ordeal in the courtyard underscores society's rejection of his miserliness, pretentious erudition, and unbecoming sexual pretensions.
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.