A typical late example of Christian doctrine on the subject is the Reverend Erskine Neale's The Riches that Bring No Sorrow (1852), a moralising work based on a succession of biographies contrasting philanthropists and misers.
Running parallel has been a disposition, inherited from Classical times, to class miserly behaviour as a type of eccentricity.
Studies examining the relationship between pregnancy or the early stages of motherhood and changes in a woman's ability to think, however, have produced conflicting results.
Some studies have shown that pregnancy impairs a woman's memory during pregnancy and shortly afterward, possibly due to hormonal changes, sleep deprivation or the stress of coping with a major life change.
Jemmy Taylor's name also appears in the list of notable misers that Mr Boffin ennumerates.
He is coupled with the banker Jemmy Wood of Gloucester, a more recent miser about whom Dickens later wrote an article in his magazine All The Year Round.
The popularity of such accounts is attested by the seven editions printed in the book's first year and the many later reprintings under various titles.
Others include John Little (who appears in Merryweather), Reverend Mr Jones of Blewbury (also in Merryweather) and Dick Jarrel, whose surname was really Jarrett and an account of whom appeared in the Annual Register for 1806.
The many volumes of this publication also figured among Mr Boffin's purchases.
At least one study has suggested that short-term memory problems during pregnancy might be linked with depressed mood. Other studies have shown that pregnancy and motherhood have no negative cognitive impacts.
Because the concept of baby brain is so widely accepted, some experts suggest that pregnant women and new mothers are more aware of everyday cognitive slips.In the Christian West the attitude to those whose interest centred on gathering money has been coloured by the teachings of the Church.