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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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