miser Farebrother felt as if a great weight had been lifted from his heart.
This God of his is the fault-finder of eternity, the miser of paradise.
Wealth, more than miser ever craved, office and place lower but little than Aurelian's own, shall be thine—'
Ruin and decay had invaded the sleeping-room of the miser, as it had every other part of his house.
The miser says,—You forbid me to love money, to seek after the means of acquiring it: alas!
If he showed himself, he might be suspected of setting the trap into which the miser had fallen.
Like the miser, he broods over his treasures: he does not use them.
"I believe it; and what's more, I know it," persisted the miser.
"Mave, as you expect to have the gates of Heaven opened to your sowl, an' don't lave me," exclaimed the miser with clasped hands.
The victim had escaped, and the miser had obtained no clew to the lost treasure.
1540s, "miserable person, wretch," from Latin miser (adj.) "unhappy, wretched, pitiable, in distress," of unknown origin. Original sense now obsolete; main modern meaning of "money-hoarding person" recorded 1560s, from presumed unhappiness of such people.
Besides general wretchedness, the Latin word connoted also "intense erotic love" (cf. slang got it bad "deeply infatuated") and hence was a favorite word of Catullus. In Greek a miser was kyminopristes, literally "a cumin seed splitter." In Modern Greek, he might be called hekentabelones, literally "one who has sixty needles." The German word, filz, literally "felt," preserves the image of the felt slippers which the miser often wore in caricatures. Lettish mantrausis "miser" is literally "money-raker."