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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?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-14 09:05 am (UTC)
I like Marley's ghost. Especially the bit where his face appears in the door-knocker. Deliciously scary.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-12-14 09:09 am (UTC)
Nothing like Marley's ghost.

Is he the first chain-rattler?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-15 02:24 am (UTC)
There's a chain-rattling ghost in a "true" ghost story told by one of the ancient Roman writers (Pliny, I think.)

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