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Cunning

See also Trickery.
Adler, Irene
cleverly foiled Sherlock Holmes and the King of Bohemia. [Br. Lit.: Doyle “A Scandal in Bohemia” in Sherlock Holmes]
Artful Dodger
nickname for the sly pickpocket, John Dawkins. [Br. Lit.: Oliver Twist]
Asmodeus
clever, hell-born hero. [Fr. Lit.: Le Diable Boiîteux, Walsh Modern, 31]
Autolycus
craftiest of thieves; stole neighbors’ flocks by changing marks. [Gk. Myth.: NCE, 192]
Bamber, Jack
law clerk with “strange wild slyness.” [Br. Lit.: Pickwick Papers]
Bolingbroke, Henry
cleverness and timing bring him England’s crown. [Br. Lit.: Richard II]
Borgia, Cesare
(1476–1507) unscrupulously plotted against friend and foe. [Ital. Hist.: Plumb, 59–61]
Brer Fox
sly trickster; outwits everyone. [Children’s Lit.: Uncle Remus]
Bunny, Bugs
for whom no trap is too tricky. [Comics: Horn, 140]
cheetah
pounces without warning on prey. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 320]
Cleopatra
manipulates Antony through her “infinite variety.” [Br. Lit.: Antony and Cleopatra]
crow
symbolizes one who lives by his wits. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 388]
Dido
contracts for as much land as can be enclosed by an oxhide; by cutting it into a strip she obtains enough to found a city. [Rom. Legend: Collier’s VI, 259]
Dolius
epithet of Hermes, meaning ‘crafty.’ [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 124]
Fabius
delayed meeting Hannibal’s troops; wore them down; hence, fabian. [Rom. Hist.: Espy, 177]
Figaro
ingeniously contrives means to his own ends. [Fr. Lit.: Barber of Seville; Marriage of Figaro]
fox
symbol of cleverness and deceit. [Animal Symbolism: Mercatante, 84–85]
Foxy Grandpa
shrewd old man always turns the table on mischievous kids. [Comics: Horn, 602]
Helena
tricks husband into fulfilling marital duties. [Br. Lit.: All’s Well That Ends Well]
Hippomenes
beat the swift Atalanta in a race by distracting her with golden apples. [Gk. Myth.: Bulfinch]
Isabella
frustrates captor while pretending compliance. [Ital. Opera: Rossini, Italian Girl in Algeria, Westerman, 118–119]
jackal
outwits the tiger; imprisons him. [Hindu Folklore: Mercatante, 55]
Little Claus
grows rich by tricks and extortions. [Dan. Lit.: Andersen’s Fairy Tales]
Malengin
carries net on back to “catch fools with.” [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
Marion, Francis
(1732–1795) Revolutionary general, nick-named the “Swamp Fox.” [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 308]
Morgiana
female slave cleverly dispatches 40 thieves. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights, “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”]
Odysseus
wily and noble hero of the Odyssey. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
Oriol, Father
shrewd landowner with admirable bargaining ability. [Fr. Lit.: Mont-Oriol, Magill I, 618–620]
Panurge
“received answers in twelve known and unknown tongues.” [Fr. Lit.: Gargantua and Pantagruel]
Philadelphia lawyer
clever at finding fine points and technicalities. [Am. Usage: Misc.]
Road Runner
thrives on outwitting Wile E. Coyote. [Comics: “Beep Beep the Road Runner” in Horn, 105]
Sawyer, Tom
hoodwinks friends into painting fence. [Am. Lit.: Tom Sawyer]
Scheherazade
escapes being put to death by telling stories for 1001 nights. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights]
serpent
subtly deceives Eve in the Garden. [O.T.: Genesis 3:1]
Sinon
induces Trojans to take in wooden horse. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
spider ophrys
indicates cleverness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 177]
third little pig
outwits Wolf; lures him into boiling water. [Children’s Lit.: Bettelheim, 41–45]
Weller, Samuel
ingeniously rescues his master, Mr. Pickwick, from many scrapes. [Br, Lit.: Dickens Pickwick Papers]
Whipple, Molly
outwits ferocious giant and gains his talismanic possessions. [Br. Fairy Tale: “Molly Whipple” in Macleod, 58–641
wolf
symbol on coats of arms. [Heraldry: Halberts, 16]
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Defoe composed the Political History to convince readers of the reality and pervasive influence of the Devil, so that "no cunninger Men" can "lay him again" and try to "dispose him out of your Sight" (279).