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Intrigue

 

in literature, a complicated and intense interweaving of events as a method of structuring the action or plot in novels (mostly in adventure novels) and in drama. It develops out of the sharp clash between the main characters’ interests and their purposeful, often secret struggle. An example is the intrigue over the letter about the guardianship in F. M. Dostoevsky’s novel A Raw Youth. The peripeteia involving the letter also reveals the “tragedy of the underground” and the “ethical duality” of the protagonists.

Intrigue

See also Conspiracy.
Borgias
15th-century family who stopped at nothing to gain power. [Ital. Hist.: Plumb, 59]
Ems dispatch
Bismarck’s purposely provocative memo on Spanish succession; sparked Franco-Prussian war (1870). [Ger. Hist.: NCE, 866]
Machiavelli, Nicolò
(1469–1527) author of book extolling political cunning. [Ital. Hist.: The Prince]
Mannon, Lavinia
undoes adulterous mother by brainwashing brother. [Am. Lit.: Mourning Becomes Electra]
Mission Impossible
team of investigators with Byzantine modus operandi. [TV: “Mission Impossible” in Terrace, II, 100–101]
Paolino
has cohort woo his covertly wed wife. [Ital. Opera: Cimarosa, The Secret Marriage, Westerman, 63]
Phormio
slick lawyer finagles on behalf of two men. [Rom. Lit.: Phormio]
Ruritania
imaginary pre-WWI kingdom, rife with political machinations. [Br. Lit.: Prisoner of Zenda]
X Y Z Affair
thinly disguised extortion aroused anti-French feelings (1797–1798). [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 564]
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Dans la meme prefecture, un autre cas de violation flagrante des dispositions du code de l'urbanisme est pour le moins intriguant.
Khadija, employee Ouvrir un debat profond C'est vraiment intriguant.
Samir, cadre de la banque La justice appelee a trancher Khadija, employee Ouvrir un debat profond C'est vraiment intriguant.
Ce qui est intriguant dans cette affaire conclue en 2009 et qui restera dans les annales de cette grande region, est que les deux premieres parties cedent a la cajolee societe [beaucoup moins que]Gepri[beaucoup plus grand que] un inestimable terrain domanial d'une superficie de 10 hectares (titre foncier NA 12540/63) au nouveau pole de Nouaceur (NA 5875/47) en contrepartie d'un terrain agricole (NA16679C) d'une superficie de 07 hectares dans la commune de Bouskoura.
Et le plus intriguant dans cette affaire est que rien ne passe inapercu.
Le plus grave et le plus intriguant c'est quand l'artiste est en meme temps galeriste.