Pecksniff


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Pecksniff

pretentious, unforgiving architect of double standards. [Br. Lit.: Martin Chuzzlewit]
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It was Reggie Pecksniff, my English neighbour from across the road.
Which of Charles Dickens's novels features the Pecksniff family?
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.
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.
He's certainly not done bad on it, having taken on acting gigs with Johnny Depp in Pirates Of The Caribbean trilogy and Al Pacino in The Merchant Of Venice, since hitting it big as a paperclip-counting pecksniff from Slough-based paper merchants Wernham Hogg.
She found herself working non-stop on high-profile parts, notably Mercy Pecksniff in BBC's Martin Chuzzlewitt and Lydia in Pride and Prejudice, also BBC.
I will not waste words on his Pecksniff sidekick Nick Raynsford, whose snooty disdain for the rights of firefighters makes you want to take him round the corner and help him to the ground.
If you think it's fun to be a Chuzzlewit, rest assured it's a heck of a lot more fun to be a Pecksniff.
Emma, who is married to fellow actor Ian Dunn, is also no stranger to costume drama having played Charity Pecksniff in the star-studded TV version of Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit.