Pecksniff

Pecksniff

pretentious, unforgiving architect of double standards. [Br. Lit.: Martin Chuzzlewit]
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Born in Doncaster, Emma worked in theatre for 10 years before her TV break as Charity Pecksniff in a TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit.
The question is: can Moll Pecksniff with wildcat Gryff and friends Siddy and Domino find the last Amulet of Truth and release the world from the dark magic of the Shadowmasks for ever and return their lost companion, Alfie, to the world of the living?
Similarly, in Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-44) the card tricks performed by Jonas become a metaphor for his double dealing with Charity and Mercy Pecksniff (242).
Which of Charles Dickens's novels features the Pecksniff family?
The Pecksniff from one West Wing of his pupil's designs for an orphanage.
One Protestant Pecksniff was the Civil War-era Puritan vicar of Kibworth John Yaxley, described as "a great disturber of the peace, by day and night, searching for cavaliers and making great havoc and spoil of people's goods.
And what Briers' Martin Bryce - a fastidious, cricket jumper-wearing, curtain-twitching pecksniff - would have made of that addition to the regulars at his idyllic thatched village pub the Lord alone only knows.
7 Tom Wilkinson played Mr Pecksniff in a dramatisation of which Dickens novel?
Hardly the behaviour that you would expect from a chorister at St Philemon's church, Toxteth, near John Scott Martin's home, in Pecksniff Street.
Every humbug seemed a Pecksniff, every nurse a Gamp, every jovial improvident a Micawber, every stinted serving-wench a Marchioness.
They make excellent use of particular cases, Pecksniff from Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit and Dimmesdale from Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter respectively.
Merely seeing someone who exhibits the traits of a 'Pantagathos' (like Mr Pecksniff in Charles Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit) is sufficient to raise his ire.