Taxing Pecksniffery

Top Drawer News — What the Dickens?

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Image source: Kyd (Joseph Clayton Clarke) ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image source: Kyd (Joseph Clayton Clarke) ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Yesterday we told you our newest e-novelette, Taxing Pecksniffery, is scheduled for release this Friday, June 6.

And you said, “What the Dickens? Where’d you get that title?” and “What’s the story about?

So today we’ll tackle the first set of questions, because, yes, you smart reader, you, they are related. Here’s how.

Back in 1843, Charles Dickens published a satirical novel called The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. One of the villains in the novel was named Seth Pecksniff. (That’s him in the picture over there to your left (<<<<<)). Mr. Pecksniff is a hypocrite--and because he is a *Dickens* villain and therefore a famous and exemplary villain, the word "pecksniffery" came to be associated with behavior that is hypocritical. Our e-novelette, Taxing Pecksniffery, also features a hypocritical villain. He’s selfish and willing to bend the rules to enrich himself, and our heroes must bring the truth of his actions to light.

The “taxing” part of the title comes from the way the villain goes about his villainry, which we’ll explain Friday, when we answer your question, “What’s the story about?


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