March would not leave Beth's side, but rested in the big chair, waking often to look at, touch, and brood over her child, like a miser
over some recovered treasure.
The cobbler wrought upon a shoe; the blacksmith hammered his iron, the soldier waved his glittering blade; the lady raised a tiny breeze with her fan; the jolly toper swigged lustily at his bottle; a scholar opened his book with eager thirst for knowledge, and turned his head to and fro along the page; the milkmaid energetically drained her cow; and a miser
counted gold into his strong-box,--all at the same turning of a crank.
I saw the fences half consumed, their ends lost in the middle of the prairie, and some worldly miser
with a surveyor looking after his bounds, while heaven had taken place around him, and he did not see the angels going to and fro, but was looking for an old post-hole in the midst of paradise.
He had been all his life collecting his library, book and book, and he lived it as a miser
loves his hoarded gold.
The canisters were almost out of her reach; I made a motion to aid her; she turned upon me as a miser
might turn if any one attempted to assist him in counting his gold.
He was such an inborn miser
that the bare prospect of being liberal in theory only daunted him.
Barkis was something of a miser
, or as Peggotty dutifully expressed it, was 'a little near', and kept a heap of money in a box under his bed, which he pretended was only full of coats and trousers.
This tendency of his to be liberal and profuse he had acquired from having been a soldier in his youth, for the soldier's life is a school in which the niggard becomes free-handed and the free-handed prodigal; and if any soldiers are to be found who are misers
, they are monsters of rare occurrence.
Not more than five or six hundred thousand francs," said Lord Wilmore; "he is a miser
I speak of that spiteful and intriguing Italian -- of the pedant who has tried to put on his own head a crown which he stole from under a pillow -- of the scoundrel who calls his party the party of the king -- who wants to send the princes of the blood to prison, not daring to kill them, as our great cardinal -- our cardinal did -- of the miser
, who weighs his gold pieces and keeps the clipped ones for fear, though he is rich, of losing them at play next morning -- of the impudent fellow who insults the queen, as they say -- so much the worse for her -- and who is going in three months to make war upon us, in order that he may retain his pensions; is that the master whom you propose to me?
The handbills of the selectmen would cause the commitment of all the vagabonds in the State; the paragraph in the Parker's Falls Gazette would be reprinted from Maine to Florida, and perhaps form an item in the London newspapers; and many a miser
would tremble for his money bags and life, on learning the catastrophe of Mr.
I remember many called me miser
at the time, and I used to couple the reproach with this consolation--better to be misunderstood now than repulsed hereafter.