•a person, male or female, who in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries used legerdemain --- clever tricks ---
to deceive others, often for financial gain.
One of the fancymonger's theatrics was called wolf in the breast,
a highly imaginative ploy used by vagrant English women with considerable acting
talent to solicit donations from the gullible. In this macabre ruse, the
woman attempted to convince passersby that a small wolf was gnawing her breast from inside.