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n.1.The practices of a mountebank; quackery; boastful and vain pretenses.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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I also wish that Stone had devoted more space to two topics: examining Uri Geller and the other charlatans who insist that their mountebankery has paranormal or supernatural origins; and the roles of magic and magicians in the other arts.
Yet, the falsity of this claim may be seen in her willfully cold and indifferent rebuffs to Coverdale's entreaties; particularly when, as here, rebuffing them will prove to run the very real risk of removing her from the Blithedale farm and returning her to the presumably hateful life of Westervelt's mountebankery. For, if there is one character who at this point in the story can be under no illusions about Westervelt and what his continuing presence may portend for her, that character is surely Priscilla herself.