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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(8) The almajirai were also confident that God would eventually ensure justice and punish the miserliness of the rich.
Although her miserliness at the beginning of the story (she refuses to contribute to the minister's Christmas gift) makes her appear impoverished, Jewett notes that "there was nobody so well off in town except Colonel Drummond, so far as money went" (1).
The measly $200,000 became $1.4 million after many, including this writer, complained about its miserliness. So let's mount a campaign of social opprobrium not only within the public sphere but also within the various international organizations under the United Nations.
However, he showed rare miserliness in giving tickets to the Muslims and looked a bit "conservative".
Specifically, my reference is to the crippling aridity that imbues their lives and finds definitive form in it; everything from their sexual frigidity and general miserliness to their sickly constitution and dyspeptic temperament is symptomatic of it.
2 OPEN ALL HOURS (1976-85) Shopkeeper Albert Arkwright, deftly played by Ronnie Barker, made an art form out of miserliness in this enduring sitcom also starring David Jason.
2OPEN 2 OPEN ALL HOURS (1976-85) Shopkeeper Albert Arkwright, deftly played by Ronnie Barker, made an art form out of miserliness in this enduring sitcom also starring David Jason.
If we're talking about choices and poverty, I'll choose compassion over miserliness - and a society that will help over one that will blame.
The novel depicts Eliza's wearing old, much-worn clothes that make Eugene ashamed of her, and the play specifies at the beginning of act 2 that she enters dressed in "prim shabbiness" (46), but in this production she wore gorgeous outfits, not in keeping with her miserliness or with Eugene's comment that she is wearing her "dealing and bargaining costume" (47).
As for the quarter [treating] the mortal vices, it [also] contains ten books: the Commentary on the Wonders of the Heart; the Disciplining of the Soul; the Book of the Harmful Effects of the Two Desires ([that of] the belly and that of the genitals); the Harmful Effects of the Tongue; the Harmful Effects of Anger, Harboring Resentment, and Envy; the Book Reproving the World; the Book Reproving Wealth and Miserliness; the Book Reproving High Social Standing and Hypocrisy; the Book Reproving Arrogance and Conceit; and the Book Reproving Delusion.
I have also met writers like Thakazhy who led a virtuous life, though people have several anecdotes that reveal his miserliness. It may be a little curious that when the Press should have been reporting the details of the snooping incident in which Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is supposed to have used all his intelligencegathering machinery to know the movements of a lady, it has been discussing Tejpal's misadventures.
Global Times quietly ignored the original Chinese miserliness, criticized Manila for bad disaster management, and had a cartoon of Abe dangling aid on a fishing angle to foreign countries.