Rivalry


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Rivalry

Robbery (See THIEVERY.)
Rudeness (See COARSENESS.)
Brom Bones and Ichabod Crane
bully and show-off compete for Katrina’s hand. [Am. Lit.: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow]
Capulets and Montagues
bitter feud between these two houses leads to tragedy. [Br. Lit.: Romeo and Juliet]
Diomedes and Troilus
rivals for hand of Cressida. [Br. Lit.: Troilus and Cressida]
Esau and Jacob
struggled even in mother’s womb. [O.T.: Genesis 25:22]
Eteocles and Polynices
brothers battle for Theban throne. [Gk. Lit.: Seven Against Thebes]
Gingham Dog and Calico Ca
t stuffed animals eat each other up. [Am. Lit.: “The Duel” in Hollowell]
Guelphs and Ghibellines
perennial medieval Italian feuding political factions. [Ital. Hist.: Plumb, 42–43]
Hatfields and McCoys
19th-century mountain families carried on endless feud in southern U.S. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 942]
Jets and Sharks
teenage gangs fight for supremacy amid the New York tenements. [Am. Lit. and Cinema: West Side Story]
Kilkenny cats
contentious felines fight to the death. [Nurs. Rhyme: Mother Goose]
Percys and Douglases
the perennial Scottish border feud; recounted in famous ballad “Chevy Chase.” [Scot. Hist.: Payton, 141]
Proitus and Acrisius
fought in womb; contended for father’s realm. [Gk. Myth.: Gaster, 164]
Richard the Lion-Hearted and Saladin
Christian and Saracen leaders part friends after Crusade. [Br. Lit.: The Talisman]
Sohrab and Rustum
champions of the Tartars and Persians, respectively, engage in mortal combat, unaware that one is the other’s son. [Br. Poetry: Arnold Sohrab and Rustum in Magill III, 1002]
References in classic literature ?
They themselves fully understood each other; but in spite of the shrewd observation which provincials bestow on the petty interests of their own little centre, no one in the town suspected the rivalry of these two men.
As the Mackinaw Company still continued its rivalry, and as the fur trade would not advantageously admit of competition, he made a new arrangement in 1811, by which, in conjunction with certain partners of the Northwest Company, and other persons engaged in the fur trade, he bought out the Mackinaw Company, and merged that and the American Fur Company into a new association, to be called the "Southwest Company.
He had the superficial kindness of a good-humoured, self-satisfied nature, that fears no rivalry, and has encountered no contrarieties.
He blushed a good deal, and greeted the object of his late momentary aspiration to rivalry in the favor of a person other than the mistress of the invalid pug with an awkward nod and a rapid ejaculation--an ejaculation to which Newman, who often found it hard to understand the speech of English people, was able to attach no meaning.
In England, for example, no mere parade of costly appurtenances would be so likely as with us, to create an impression of the beautiful in respect to the appurtenances themselves - or of taste as regards the proprietor: - this for the reason, first, that wealth is not, in England, the loftiest object of ambition as constituting a nobility; and secondly, that there, the true nobility of blood, confining itself within the strict limits of legitimate taste, rather avoids than affects that mere costliness in which a parvenu rivalry may at any time be successfully attempted.
The males were exterminated, Ape Town was destroyed, the females and young were driven away to live in bondage, and the long rivalry of untold centuries had reached its bloody end.
No sooner did the dark queen hear the soberer richer note of Tess among those of the other work-people than a long smouldering sense of rivalry inflamed her to madness.
The state is possible only because men have common aspirations, but government, and political power, the existence of officials who are given authority to act in the name of the whole state, are necessary because men's community is imperfect, because man's social nature expresses itself in conflicting ways, in the clash of interests, the rivalry of parties, and the struggle of classes, instead of in the united seeking after a common good.
Your generous rivalry is useless, my brave friends," said Ferguson; "I trust that we shall not come to any such extremity: besides, if we did, instead of separating, we should keep together, so as to make our way across the country in company.
They begin to deepen; they pile story upon story; they mount upon each other; they gush forth at the top, like all laterally compressed growth, and there is a rivalry as to which shall thrust its head above its neighbors, for the sake of getting a little air.
At that time the world at large seemed to have a passion for appendicitis, and a good many cases came to the operating theatre for this complaint: the surgeon for whom Philip dressed was in friendly rivalry with a colleague as to which could remove an appendix in the shortest time and with the smallest incision.
Your insinuations as to rivalry are rather cynical, Hippolyte.