Mercy Larkin, meanwhile, from a cordial and compliant servant (albeit out of perceived necessity), transforms herself into a clever and stealthy conniver
and then, in thwarting the assassination attempt on Maggs, into a heroic defender of one she loves.
Richard and Buckingham's failure to settle on a single or continuous interpretation of the Queen's motives works in their favor, for in asking the council to imagine the Queen as a willful conniver
and as a woman out of her mind with fear and as a thief hoarding stolen property, they essentially ask too much.
Nearly a third of the book is taken up with a tedious account of the misadventures of his father, also Ferdinand, a prig, zealot and conniver
so infatuated with 'old-school' Presbyterian accommodation to slavery that he scorned Abraham Lincoln and voted for the racist, nativist Know-Nothing party.
Nonetheless, Turabi as the conniver
of old, a stubborn old veteran, his trawl is never empty.
Patrick and Anderson are also a potent match as the actor and the conniver
sharing a bottle and second-guessing each other.
When Raymond Chandler points to Hollywood writers who, under the pressure of required "personal and artistic subordination," find themselves "becoming little by little a conniver
rather than a creator," he is talking about implied authors who are far less skilled than real authors (120).
And before we get too contemptuous on our part toward this hard practicality, this nonthinking attitude of Coavinses, it would be good to remember that Dickens will, by the end of the novel, show Skimpole to be a heartless conniver
whose thoroughgoing selfishness means much more to him than friendship does.
In the betrayer-betrayed relationship, one party is the stalker, charmer, conniver
, and selfish destroyer; the other is the one who trusts, is altruistic, has a desire to feel and be secure, and whose guard is completely down.
Gates the coward, Gates the conniver
, Gates the disgrace.
Townsend touches on the popular depictions--seducer, conniver
, betrayer--of Malinche in film and literature (to which can now be added the new novel Malinche by Laura Esquivel), then explains in her introduction:
Like Franklin Roosevelt, Lincoln was a consummate fence-straddling politician--a conniver
, manipulator, and liar.