URIAH HEEP?

Uriah is another of the creations of Dickens. He occurs in " David Copperfield." "I am well aware that I am the 'umblest person going," was the phrase most often on the lips of Uriah Heep, who seemed to enjoy a perfect riot of humility. Not only was he humble himself, but his mother, his abode, his father's calling, which was that of a sexton-all these were 'umble into the bargain. His professed humility, however, merely served Uriah Heep as a cloak for mean and nefarious practices, which his position as a solicitor's clerk gave him ample opportunity to indulge. He was a detestable sneak, a forger and a swindler, who tried to cover with a fawning manner his true nature, which was designing, malignant, and altogether reptilian. It was left to Mr. Micawber to expose this unctuous monster's villainies. One would search the annals of fiction in vain to find a scoundrel drawn with such skill as Uriah Heep has been drawn; it is a portrait which will always serve as a model for the depiction of oily hypocrisy and craft.