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Rivalry

Robbery (See THIEVERY.)
Rudeness (See COARSENESS.)
Brom Bones and Ichabod Crane
bully and show-off compete for Katrina’s hand. [Am. Lit.: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow]
Capulets and Montagues
bitter feud between these two houses leads to tragedy. [Br. Lit.: Romeo and Juliet]
Diomedes and Troilus
rivals for hand of Cressida. [Br. Lit.: Troilus and Cressida]
Esau and Jacob
struggled even in mother’s womb. [O.T.: Genesis 25:22]
Eteocles and Polynices
brothers battle for Theban throne. [Gk. Lit.: Seven Against Thebes]
Gingham Dog and Calico Ca
t stuffed animals eat each other up. [Am. Lit.: “The Duel” in Hollowell]
Guelphs and Ghibellines
perennial medieval Italian feuding political factions. [Ital. Hist.: Plumb, 42–43]
Hatfields and McCoys
19th-century mountain families carried on endless feud in southern U.S. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 942]
Jets and Sharks
teenage gangs fight for supremacy amid the New York tenements. [Am. Lit. and Cinema: West Side Story]
Kilkenny cats
contentious felines fight to the death. [Nurs. Rhyme: Mother Goose]
Percys and Douglases
the perennial Scottish border feud; recounted in famous ballad “Chevy Chase.” [Scot. Hist.: Payton, 141]
Proitus and Acrisius
fought in womb; contended for father’s realm. [Gk. Myth.: Gaster, 164]
Richard the Lion-Hearted and Saladin
Christian and Saracen leaders part friends after Crusade. [Br. Lit.: The Talisman]
Sohrab and Rustum
champions of the Tartars and Persians, respectively, engage in mortal combat, unaware that one is the other’s son. [Br. Poetry: Arnold Sohrab and Rustum in Magill III, 1002]