Treachery


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Treachery

See also Treason.
Aaron
plots downfall of Titus. [Br. Lit.: Titus Andronicus]
Achitophel
traitorous Earl of Shaftesbury. [Br. Lit.: Absalom and Achitophel]
Agravain, Sir
traitorous with Modred against Arthur. [Br. Lit.: Le Morte d’Arthur]
Animal Farm
allegory in which the leader of the pigs turns their revolutionary cause of equality into a government of privilege for the “more equal”. [Br. Lit.: George Orwell Animal Farm]
Antenor
assigned to hell for actions defeating Troy. [Gk. Myth.: Avery, 106; Ital. Lit.: Dante, Inferno, Walsh Classical, 24]
Antonio
schemes against his brother Prospero. [Br. Lit.: The Tempest]
Ascalaphus
Hadean gardener; informs on Persephone, learning of her potential departure. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 33]
Baanah and Rechab
Ishbosheth’s captains decapitate him in bed. [O. T.: II Samuel 4:5–7]
Bellerophon letter
letter, given in pretended friendship, denounces bearer. [Folklore: Walsh Classical, 52]
Brutus, Decius
committed treachery against friend Caesar. [Br. Lit.: Julius Caesar]
Cantwell, Dr.
treacherous towards Lady Lambert; arrested as swindler. [Br. Lit.: The Hypocrite, Walsh Modern, 85–86]
Charrington, Mr.
antique-store keeper sets up lovers for captors. [Br. Lit.: 1984]
Chuzzlewit, Jonas
tries to poison father. [Br. Lit.: Martin Chuzzlewit]
Claudius
plotted to kill Hamlet’s father and marry his mother. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
cock crow
before third crowing, Peter thrice denies Christ. [N.T.: Matthew 26:34, 74–75]
Cortés, Hernando
(1485–1547) repaid Montezuma’s courtesy by murdering him. [Span. Hist.: EB, 5: 194–196]
David
orders Uriah to be exposed in battle so he may marry Uriah’s wife Bathsheba. [O.T.: II Samuel 11:6]
Delilah
divulged secret of Samson’s strength to Philistines. [O.T.: Judges 16:19–20]
Ephialtes
Greek betrayer of Spartans at Thermopylae. [Gk. Hist.: Kravitz, 89]
Ganelon
the Judas among Charlemagne’s paladins. [Fr. Lit.: Song of Roland; LLEI, I: 286; Ital. Lit.: Inferno; Br. Lit.: Canterbury Tales, “Nun’s Priest’s Tale”]
Iago
soldier discredits Desdemona’s fidelity. [Br. Lit.: Othello]
Joab
murders two fellow commanders; sides with usurper, Adonijah. [O.T.: I Kings 2:32]
Judas Iscariot
betrayer of Jesus. [N.T.: Matthew 26:14-16, 20–25, 47–56; 27:3–10]
Maskwell
cunning doublecrosser; betrays friend and lover. [Br. Lit.: The Double-Dealer]
Melema, Tito
betrays his foster father, his stepfather, and his political allies. [Br. Lit.: George Eliot Romola]
Modred
revolted against King Arthur. [Arch. Legend: Brewer Handbook, 714–715; Br. Lit.: Idylls of the King]
Morgan le Fay
tricks Accolon into stealing Excalibur. [Arth. Legend: Le Morte d’Arthur, Walsh Classical, 3]
Pearl Harbor
Japan, while negotiating in Washington, bombs Hawaii (December 7, 1941). [Am. Hist.: Fuller, III, 455–456]
perfidious
Albion Napoleon’s epithet for England, “perfide Albion.” [Fr. Hist.: Misc.]
Phaedra
in a letter written before her suicide, falsely accuses Hippolytus of attempting to ravish her. [Gk. Drama: Hippolytus]
Polymestor
slays Priam’s youngest son Polydorus, who had been entrusted to his care. [Gk. Drama: Euripides Hecuba in Benét, 450]
Potiphar’s wife
spurned by Joseph, she falsely accuses him of trying to seduce her. [O.T.: Gen. 39]
Ptolemy
captain of Jericho invites Simon Maccabeus and his sons to a banquet and then slays them. [O.T.: I Maccabees, 16:16]
redheadedness
from Judas Iscariot; so depicted in art. [Christian Iconog.: Gaster, 165]
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Hamlet’s traitorous friends; “adders fang’d.” [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
Saturninus
connives and plots politically; kills Titus. [Br. Lit.: Titus Andronicus]
Schoolmaster of Falerii
Etruscan teacher, after delivering children to Romans, is rebuffed. [Rom. Hist.: Hall, 119]
Sebastian
plots to murder Alonso and Gonzalo. [Br. Lit.: The Tempest]
Thermopylae
shown the back door, Persians destroyed Spartans (480 B.C.). [Gk. Hist.: Harbottle, 248]
30 pieces of silver
price paid Judas to deliver Jesus. [Christian Symbolism: N.T.: Matthew 26:15]
Ugolino
13th-century count of Pisa who treacherously deserted his own party and then twice joined the enemies of his own city. [Ital. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 921]
Uriah
letter Uriah carries David’s letter ordering his own death. [O.T.: II Samuel 11:15]
whale
lures fish to mouth with sweet breath. [Animal Symbolism: Mercatante, 27]
woman in red
Dillinger’s mysterious girl friend; alerted FBI to his whereabouts. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 291]
yellow
color marking doors of convicted traitors. [Fr. Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 1171]
References in classic literature ?
Treachery and violence are a just return for treachery and violence
On applying for advice and assistance to the trades-union of which he was a member he received the same reply, and was further reproached for treachery to his fellow-workmen.
But good did come of the apple barrel, as you shall hear, for if it had not been for that, we should have had no note of warning and might all have perished by the hand of treachery.
Three kings protested to me, "that in their whole reigns they never did once prefer any person of merit, unless by mistake, or treachery of some minister in whom they confided; neither would they do it if they were to live again:" and they showed, with great strength of reason, "that the royal throne could not be supported without corruption, because that positive, confident, restiff temper, which virtue infused into a man, was a perpetual clog to public business.
So much so that, after some seconds spent in asking herself if she had really heard that note, that sound, that infernal noise issue from her throat, she tried to persuade herself that it was not so, that she was the victim of an illusion, an illusion of the ear, and not of an act of treachery on the part of her voice.
Once upon a time an Indian hunter built himself a house in the middle of a great forest, far away from all his tribe; for his heart was gentle and kind, and he was weary of the treachery and cruel deeds of those who had been his friends.
Mahomet, who was in possession of the mountains, being informed by his spies that the Portuguese were but four hundred, encamped in the plain of Ballut, and sent a message to the general that he knew the Abyssins had imposed on the King of Portugal, which, being acquainted with their treachery, he was not surprised at, and that in compassion of the commander's youth, he would give him and his men, if they would return, free passage, and furnish them with necessaries; that he might consult upon the matter, and depend upon his word, reminding him, however, that it was not safe to refuse his offer.
This nobleman has two sons, the elder heir to his dignity and apparently to his good qualities; the younger heir to I know not what, unless it be the treachery of Vellido and the falsehood of Ganelon.
After having combined with the Executive in betraying the interests of the nation in a ruinous treaty, what prospect, it is asked, would there be of their being made to suffer the punishment they would deserve, when they were themselves to decide upon the accusation brought against them for the treachery of which they have been guilty?
It was said Athos had met with great crosses in love, and that a frightful treachery had forever poisoned the life of this gallant man.
Even in his most accommodating mood he inspires a dread of treachery.
Such perfidious Treachery in the merciless perpetrators of the Deed will shock your gentle nature Dearest Marianne as much as it then affected the Delicate sensibility of Edward, Sophia, your Laura, and of Augustus himself.