Pointing the finger of shame

From “The Fish”, by Paul Quarrington (1985), extracted from The Life of Hope, where the protagonist is reading extracts from The Fish, a book written by the fictional Isaiah Hope, first published in 1891, and subsequently banned:

It is time to point the finger of shame at the true villain of the tale, Hanging Johnny, also known by the names of Doctor Johnson, Uncle Dick, Jacques, Old Hornington, my man Thomas and Blind Bob, for it was this mischievous fellow who precipitated the horrendous events that are to follow.

Given the paths of alias…

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