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Cenci, Count Francesco
revealed theft by Mercury; turned to touchstone. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Walsh Classical, 47]
old libertine ravishes his daughter Beatrice. [Br. Lit.: Shelley The Cenci; Magill I, 131]
Dean, John W., III
(1901–1961) chief witness in perjury trial of Alger Hiss (1949). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 501]
(1938— ) chief witness and informer against Nixon in the Watergate hearings. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2939]
Morgan le Fay
led armed band to Gethsemane and showed them which one was Jesus. [N.T.: Matthew 26:46–50; Mark 14:42–45; Luke 22:47–48; John 18:1–8]
reveals Lancelot and Guinevere’s affair to Arthur. [Arthurian Legend: Harvey, 559]
betrays friend to police for subsistence money. [Irish Lit.: The Informer]
informer and fence for stolen goods. [Br. Lit.: The Beggar’s Opera]
wrote a book in which he revealed inner workings of the Mafia. [Am. Lit.: My Life in the Mafia]
(1903–1971) New York gangster who revealed the inner operations of the Mafia. [Am. Hist.: Facts (1971), 436]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.