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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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May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Oldsmobile redefines the upper end of the mid-size car segment today with the announcement of 1998 Intrigue prices: $21,250 for the base Intrigue to $26,450 (excluding California emissions) for a fully equipped Intrigue GL.
The Intrigue offers the refinement of Asian models, the ride and handling of European cars -- and all at a better price," said Ken Stewart, Oldsmobile brand manager.
Priced less than comparatively equipped import competitive models, the Intrigue began turning heads even before prices were announced.
Once inside their new master's household these women struggle to preserve their power and identity, but an encroaching web of intrigue, brutality, and ritual strangles and eventually destroys them.
But Songlian is ultimately unsuited to such vicious and dangerous intrigue, and as her own plans collapse and backfire, she finds herself in a deepening cycle of emotional and physical violence.
The homosexual Douzi is obsessed with Shitou, who has wed an ex-prostitute named Juxian (Gong Li), and the ensuing triangle is full of anguish, intrigue, and recrimination.
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Tom Corson, EVP GM RCA Music Group said, "We are delighted to welcome Intrigue Spirits as a first time sponsor of what is always one of the entertainment industry's biggest nights, offering signature cocktails to our guests at this extraordinary event.
Stellar One has agreed to work with GTE's interactive services group, a unit of GTE Government Systems Corporation, for use of the NETRIS 3000 set-top terminal in the Intrigue solution.
Stellar One's broadband set-top terminals fulfill an important need in the GTE Intrigue end-to-end solution, by providing a flexible, reliable set-top interface for hotel guests," said Al Whitmore, vice president of GTE Interactive in Needham, Mass.