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Harpagon   Listen
noun
Harpagon  n.  A grappling iron. (Obs.)






Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48








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"Harpagon" Quotes from Famous Books



... invention always marching with lighted match blows up the obstacle almost before it incommodes them. Their daily existence is a work of genius, a daily problem which they always succeed in solving by the aid of audacious mathematics. They would have forced Harpagon to lend them money, and have found truffles on the raft of the "Medusa." At need, too, they know how to practice abstinence with all the virtue of an anchorite, but if a slice of fortune falls into their hands you will see them at once mounted on the most ruinous fancies, loving the youngest and ...
— Bohemians of the Latin Quarter • Henry Murger

... for the spendthrift—for the person who, no matter what his income, is congenitally incapable of making ends meet. The miser has no friends; but the spendthrift has generally too many. We avoid Harpagon as though he were a leper; but Falstaff, who, like Lady Ida, could "find no cure for this intolerable consumption of the purse," never lacked friends, and even Justice Shallow, it will be remembered, lent him a thousand crowns. There is ...
— Pebbles on the Shore • Alpha of the Plough (Alfred George Gardiner)



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