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Cribbins

Cribbins appears in the novel Making Money as a former associate of Moist Von Lipwig, aka Albert Spangler. He poses as an Omnian priest to worm his way into Moist's world and begin blackmailing him about his previous life. Moist had dissolved their grifting partnership because he was increasingly unhappy with his partner's sadistic tendencies. The culminating event was Cribbins' forcible extraction of a set of false teeth from the mouth of their previous owner, prior to murdering him. Moist, who had no part in the murder, determined afterwards to pursue the art of the con-man in a non-violent way that left nobody physically injured or dead (least of all himself). Cribbins claims to be motivated by a need to avenge the affront of his young partner's desertion but the more realistic goal is to take Moist for what he can, believing that now that Lipwig is legitimate, he will want nobody to be reminded of his past. His most prominent feature apart from his evil personality, are his set of ill-fitting false teeth - the same teeth he rmoved from his murder victim which lead to his downfall and which spares Berenice Houser from yet another reason to be disillusioned with men.

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The character of Cribbins resonates with one created by British comedian Dick Emery - a sanctimonious Church of England vicar who turned out on closer examination to be not so pious as he appeared; a priest who invests the steeple repair fund at the bookies, pays attention to the spiritual welfare of employees at the local strip clubs, and essentially uses the priesthood as a cover for lying, cheating, conning and conniving. Distinguished by a set of large and ill-fitting false teeth and an accompanying speech impediment, no name is assigned to him in the TV series, but in the spin-off film he was called the Reverend Cribbens.

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