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Confidant

 

a stock character in French and Russian classical tragedy of the 17th and 18th centuries. The confidant is usually a person close to the hero or heroine, such as a nurse, tutor, or secretary. It is a supporting role: in answering the confidant’s questions, the hero reveals his own thoughts, feelings, and actions.

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She had little Laura Martin home for the holidays; and my belief is, she made a confidante of her, and promised that Laura should come and live with her when she was married, and gave Laura a great deal of information regarding the passion of love, which must have been singularly useful and novel to that little person.
I had no recourse, no friend, no confidante but my old governess, and I knew no remedy but to put my life in her hands, and so I did, for I let her know where to send to me, and had several letters from her while I stayed here.
au, the NIS briefing revealed that Jang was 'recently ousted from his position and two of his close confidantes, Ri Yong-Ha and Jang Soo-Kil, were publicly executed in mid-November', lawmaker Jung Cheong-Rae said.
The two were joined by longtime Bradley confidantes Bill Elkins, the Rev.
In an extraordinary admission over the weekend one of the PM's most senior confidantes said it did not matter when Mr Blair quits but whether a successor who can challenge Mr Brown can be found in time.
As a rule, CEOs can't choose confidantes from among their underlings, even high-ranking colleagues such as the CFO or COO.
Moreover, open and honest talk with such confidantes also can help reduce stress.
The statements of Erbland, taken together with those of two other confidantes of Lewinsky interviewed by investigators, provide Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr with a growing body of testimony that the president and Lewinsky had an intimate relationship.
I am one of his biggest confidantes, but he has dozens of really smart people who surround him," said Michelle in the first clip aired from her interview with "CBS This Morning" host Gayle King.