n.1.A vagabond; a vagrant.
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The threat has been displaced onto a "High-German landlouper, Dousterswivel" (127), a swindler who, claiming to possess mystical powers, "debouch[es] the spirit of the ignorant and credulous with mystical trash as effectively as if they had besotted their brains with gin, and then pick[s] their pockets with the same facility" (128).
In his frenzied state of mind over the "absurd and expensive operations carried on by this High-German landlouper," Wardour resembles the infatuated victims of the South Sea Bubble, whose condition was often described in terms of delirium and madness.