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Unscrupulousness

See also Trickery.
Blas, Gil
educated rogue on warpath for self-gain. [Fr. Lit.: Gil Blas]
Brass, Sampson
unprincipled attorney. [Br. Lit.: Old Curiosity Shop]
Bray, Walter
to clear his debts to old Gride, arranges to have Gride many his daughter. [Br. Lit.: Nicholas Nickleby]
Butler, Rhett
war profiteer; morality not a concern. [Am. Lit.: Gone With the Wind]
Claudio
asks sister to sacrifice her virtue to save his life. [Br. Lit.: Measure for Measure]
Dodson and Fogg
unscrupulous lawyers who file breach-ofpromise suit against Mr. Pickwick. [Br. Lit.: Dickens Pickwick Papers]
Duroy, George
climbs to wealth by exploiting wife’s disgrace. [Fr. Lit.: Bel-Ami]
Hajji Baba
clever rogue travels around Persia taking glamorous jobs for illicit gain. [Fr. Lit.: Hajji Baba of Ispahan in Magill I, 343]
Henchard, Michael
when drunk offers wife and child for sale. [Br. Lit.: The Mayor of Casterbridge]
Livia
she poisoned whoever interfered with her plans. [Br. Lit.: I, Claudius]
Prince, The
practicality in power; end justifies means. [Ital. Lit.: The Prince]
Steele, Lucy
jilts Edward for his brother Robert to take advantage of a switch of their inheritance. [Br. Lit.: Sense and Sensibility]
Tweed, William Marcy “Boss”
(1823–1878) corrupt politico; controlled New York City government (1863-1871). [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 511]
Winterset, Duke de
commonly described as “an English scoundrel.” [Am. Lit.: Monsieur Beaucaire, Magill I, 616–617]
References in classic literature ?
himself, on pretence of such speculations or otherwise; perpetuated by a miscellaneous catalogue of unscrupulous chicaneries - gradually thickened, until the unhappy Mr.
My sister had been standing silent in the yard, within hearing - she was a most unscrupulous spy and listener - and she instantly looked in at one of the windows.
The girl's highly strung imagination, her affectionate and credulous mind, the primitive education which had surrounded her childhood with a circle of legends, the constant brooding over her dead father and, above all, the state of sublime ecstasy into which music threw her from the moment that this art was made manifest to her in certain exceptional conditions, as in the churchyard at Perros; all this seemed to him to constitute a moral ground only too favorable for the malevolent designs of some mysterious and unscrupulous person.
I took and furnished that house in Soho, to which Hyde was tracked by the police; and engaged as a housekeeper a creature whom I knew well to be silent and unscrupulous.
This was a young doctor, Wolfe Macfarlane, a high favourite among all the reckless students, clever, dissipated, and unscrupulous to the last degree.
There is a type of manly valour; but valour in a woman, or unscrupulous cleverness, is inappropriate.
He was afraid to make an open declaration of his concern, because he dreaded to place some unscrupulous confidant upon the high plane of the unconfessed from which elevation he could be derided.
management = in Cooper's time, a word suggesting conniving or unscrupulous manipulation; Havre = le Havre, an important French port}
Years ago you did a clever, unscrupulous thing; it turned out a great success.
He mistrusted the European temperament, he suffered from the European climate, he hated the European dinner-hour; European life seemed to him unscrupulous and impure.
Ordinarily he would have accepted battle ere it was offered, and have waged a pleasant and unscrupulous campaign.
When, in Mahbub's own picturesque language, he had muddied the wells of inquiry with the stick of precaution, Kim had dropped on him, sent from Heaven; and, being as prompt as he was unscrupulous, Mahbub Ali used to taking all sorts of gusty chances, pressed him into service on the spot.