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Tobias B. Hug

Possession of large amounts of money and property, rich clothes, horses and coaches, in short, the lifestyle of great men and women, are features of the narratives and manifest the fascination of contemporaries. The ‘ability to consume conspicuously’ was regarded as one of the distinctive attributes of the better sort.52 As Craig Muldrew states, the ‘social meaning of money and the morality of its use was an enormously popular trope in early modern fiction’.53 The Morrell narratives display this fascination and the desire to be part of the richer sector of society – the

in Impostures in early modern England