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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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That class of intriguers entangled the masses into health, economic and social issues and never allowed knowledge based growth of the national economy and because of that we as a nation harvested an infected crop of elements not compatible to the ideology of Pakistan.
Of all the Machiavellian intriguers of the play, Fortinbras is the only one Hamlet admired at all, and his endorsement of his candidacy for the throne of Denmark just before his death reinforces his admiration with emphasis.
Richard's careless misreading of the Spanish characters Monina and Hernan de Faro--metaphoric and literal representations of romance--is especially noteworthy on this count as it speaks of a quixotic idealism that, as Moskal and Gary Kelly note, "became a staple of anti-Jacobin rhetoric" (Moskal, 31) during the 1790s and 1810 and gave rise to a subgenre of novels "show[ing] the Quixote figure as an impractical dupe to 'Jacobin' intriguers, conspirators, and seducers.
In 1792, the Assembly in Paris deemed emigres to be enemies of the Revolution, conspirators and intriguers who were "planning invasions of France on the heels of absolutist armies that would put good patriots and their women and children to the sword.
Tyrant and adulterers, courtiers and intriguers damn themselves in their incontinent lust and intemperate neuroses.
It is in that crucial intermediary position that he is able to take advantage of the insider knowledge to which he has access, and build a network of informants, intriguers, and investors.
Expressives may be perceived as intriguers who, in their well-intended efforts to draw others out, tend to fan latent emotional sparks into real fires, all the while seeming disappointed if others do not share their concerns about the importance of feeling as the necessary cornerstone for meaningful action and change.
46), that the self-interest bringing the various intriguers together at the end of A Trick 'will inevitably [.
This tremendous popular uprising, aided by the refusal of lesser army officers to follow the wealthy intriguers, blocked the attempted coup d'etat.
Like Plautine intriguers, and unlike the alleged source figures, Sidney's Plexirtus and the Iberian stepmother, Edmund speaks in soliloquy and aside, relies on "wit," on his ability to "fashion fit" (1.
the intriguers for place, pensions, titles," and "the dissipated and licentious.