The Most Miserly Person

When I was a child I read about this woman who was one of the richest people in the world and the Guinness World Book of Records dubbed her ‘The Most Miserly Person in the World.’

The thing that stuck out in my mind then wasn’t that she saved scraps from bars of soap to be used later in spite of having tens of millions of dollars; it was that her son needed to have his leg amputated due to delays in finding a free medical clinic.

Now that I’m an adult and have some life experiences and have met people who are similar to this miser in nature; I find it odd that not once did anyone ever suggest in their writings about Hetty Green that she might have been mentally ill.

Dennis Mantin

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