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Misers [Dec. 14th, 2005|11:48 am]
Tony Grist
Whatever happened to the misers?

Back in the 18th and 19th centuries people loved their misers. There was a whole literature about them. They were mean, they stank, they hid guineas in dung-heaps, they made pies out of long dead sheep. Mr Boffin in Our Mutual Friend is an avid collector and consumer of miser-porn. Daniel Dancer, John Elwes, Vulture Hopkins- these guys were famous.

There were famous fictional misers too- Scrooge, Silas Marner, Uncle Ebenezer Balfour.

But then along came the 20th century and misers- both real and fictional- dropped out of sight.

So why don't we have them any more?

[User Picture]From: solar_diablo
2005-12-14 06:41 am (UTC)
Maybe they've lost relevance in a consumer culture where one's value is determined by the power of the purchase?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-14 08:18 am (UTC)
That's probably a factor.

Mind you, the true miser is also a misanthrope who doesn't care what other people think of him or her.
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