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Deceit

Aimwell
pretends to be titled to wed into wealth. [Br. Lit.: The Beaux’ Stratagem]
Ananias
lies about amount of money received for land. [N.T.: Acts 5:1–6]
Ananias Club
all its members are liars. [Am. Lit.: Worth, 10]
angel of light
false apostles are like Satan in masquerade. [N.T.: II Corinthians 11:14]
Apaturia
epithet of Athena, meaning ‘deceitful.’ [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 36]
apples of Sodom
outwardly sound fruit; inwardly rotten. [Class. Myth.: Jobes, 114]
Arbaces
priest who frames Glaucus. [Br. Lit.: The Last Days of Pompeii, Magill I, 490–492]
Archimago
uses sorcery to deceive people. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
Arnolphe
plans marriage to ward; maintains guardianship under alias. [Fr. Lit.: L’Ecole des Femmes]
bilberry
symbol for falsehood. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 172]
Brunhild
outdone in athletic competition by Gunther with invisible assistance. [Ger. Myth.: Nibelungenlied]
Buttermilk, Little Johnny
fools witch by substituting china for self in sack. [Br. Fairy Tale: Macleod, 21–24]
Camilla, Mrs.
practises deception on Pip. [Br. Lit.: Great Expectations]
clematis
symbol of deception. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 347; Flora Symbolica, 173]
Conchis
for his psychological experiments he baits subjects with apparently seducible young women. [Br. Lit.: John Fowles The Magus in Weiss, 279]
dogbane
symbol for deceit. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 458]
Hlestakov, Ivan Alexandrovich
dissimulating gentleman hoodwinks town dignitaries as tsar’s inspector. [Russ. Lit.: The Inspector General]
hocus-pocus
magician’s parody of Hoc Est Corpus Domini. [Western Folklore: Espy, 76]
Jingle, Alfred
pretends to be a person of influence and elopes with an old maid for her money. [Br. Lit.: Dickens Pickwick Papers]
Judas goat
decoy for luring animals to slaughter. [Western Folklore: Espy, 80]
Latch, William
Esther’s betrayer; seduces her on marriage pretense. [Br. Lit.: Esther Waters, Magill I, 254–256]
Mak
Falstaffian figure; categorically maintains his innocence. [Br. Lit.: The Second Shepherds’ Play]
Malengin
personification of craftiness. [Br. Lit.: Faerie Queene]
mask
a disguise; hence, symbol of deception. [Art: Hall, 204]
Mme. St. Pé
feigns paralysis for seventeen years to keep her husband away from the woman he loves. [Fr. Drama: Jean Anouilh The Waltz of the Toreadors in On Stage, 383]
Moncrieff, Algernon, and Jack Worthing
both assume fictitious name “Ernest” in wooing belles. [Br. Lit.: The Importance of Being Earnest]
Montoni, Signor
marries Emily’s aunt to secure her property. [Br. Lit.: The Mysteries of Udolpho, Magill I, 635–638]
nightshade
poisonous flower; symbol of falsehood. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
Nimue
cajoles Merlin to reveal secret of power. [Arth. Romance: History of Prince Arthur, Brewer Handbook, 756]
Nixon, Richard
(1913–) 37th U.S. president (1969–1974); nicknamed “Tricky Dicky.” [Am. Hist.: Kane, 523]
Pinocchio
wooden nose lengthens when he lies. [Ital. Lit.: Pinocchio]
Sinon
convinced Trojans to accept wooden horse. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
Trojan Horse
hollow horse concealed soldiers, enabling them to enter and capture Troy. [Gk. Myth.: Iliad]
white flytrap
lures insects with sweet odor. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178]
winter cherry
inedible fruit symbolizes falsehood. [Plant Symbolism: Jobes, 319]
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