The moment she pointed out any book as being entitled Lives of eccentric personages, Anecdotes of strange characters, Records of remarkable individuals, or anything to that purpose, Mr Boffin's countenance would light up, and he would instantly dart in and buy it.' In the following chapter, Mr Boffin brings a coachload of the books to his premises and readers are introduced to a selection of typical titles and to the names of several of the misers treated in them.Among the books appear James Caulfield's Portraits, Memoirs, and Characters of Remarkable Persons (1794-5); and F.She had also carefully picked up every pin that fell in her way, till she nearly filled one hundred pincushions.
Taking her with him on a round of the bookshops, Mr Boffin would say, 'Now, look well all round, my dear, for a Life of a Miser, or any book of that sort; any Lives of odd characters who may have been Misers.' ....
This makes her sound more like a compulsive hoarder than the "Female Miser" that she is called in the report.
The title was more deserved by Joseph Mac William, who was found dead of a fire on 13 June 1826.
Although the word is sometimes used loosely to characterise anyone who is mean with their money, if such behaviour is not accompanied by taking delight in what is saved, it is not properly miserly.
Misers as a type have been a perennial object of popular fascination and a fruitful source for writers and artists in many cultures.