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Gray Eminence:

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(François Leclerc du Tremblay), 1577–1638, French Capuchin monk, a confidant and agent of Cardinal Richelieu, generally known as the Éminence Grise [gray eminence].
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It is as if Russell Kirk had written the most damning indictment of the Vietnam War and then become the eminence grise of SDS.
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