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Intrigue

 

in literature, a complicated and intense interweaving of events as a method of structuring the action or plot in novels (mostly in adventure novels) and in drama. It develops out of the sharp clash between the main characters’ interests and their purposeful, often secret struggle. An example is the intrigue over the letter about the guardianship in F. M. Dostoevsky’s novel A Raw Youth. The peripeteia involving the letter also reveals the “tragedy of the underground” and the “ethical duality” of the protagonists.

Intrigue

See also Conspiracy.
Borgias
15th-century family who stopped at nothing to gain power. [Ital. Hist.: Plumb, 59]
Ems dispatch
Bismarck’s purposely provocative memo on Spanish succession; sparked Franco-Prussian war (1870). [Ger. Hist.: NCE, 866]
Machiavelli, Nicolò
(1469–1527) author of book extolling political cunning. [Ital. Hist.: The Prince]
Mannon, Lavinia
undoes adulterous mother by brainwashing brother. [Am. Lit.: Mourning Becomes Electra]
Mission Impossible
team of investigators with Byzantine modus operandi. [TV: “Mission Impossible” in Terrace, II, 100–101]
Paolino
has cohort woo his covertly wed wife. [Ital. Opera: Cimarosa, The Secret Marriage, Westerman, 63]
Phormio
slick lawyer finagles on behalf of two men. [Rom. Lit.: Phormio]
Ruritania
imaginary pre-WWI kingdom, rife with political machinations. [Br. Lit.: Prisoner of Zenda]
X Y Z Affair
thinly disguised extortion aroused anti-French feelings (1797–1798). [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 564]
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Those handfuls of intriguers strengthened themselves to rule this country.
Those disruptions are perpetrated by domestic non-Han ethnic minorities, not by stock wuxia film antagonists--feuding temple loyalists, scheming imperial advisors, eunuch intriguers, defamers of the nation, abusers of the poor and weak, or those single-mindedly pursuing vengeance.
The Daily Telegraph said: "His portly figure, his pleasant smile and jovial good-humored face accorded ill with the popular delusion which represents all priests of the Church of Rome as ascetic fanatics or Machiavellian intriguers." It went on to say that he was a person fond of social pleasures in moderation and "represented his Church in her more showy, brilliant, and social character" as she is when she "patronizes art and loves pomp and sustains the idea of hierarchical grandeur." (15) Another newspaper, The Tablet, wrote that "the ignorant and malicious called him worldly-minded, self-indulgent, fond of pomp and display, a proud prelate, and an ambitious ecclesiastic." This last accusation was fed by two pastoral letters that Cardinal Wiseman wrote from Rome.
It is a study, too, of three stultified, small-minded, introverted courts (there were 63 grades of military officer in the Berlin court and 287 chamberlains at the Russian court) and of the rare insights and frequent blunders with which court intriguers and uniformed popinjays intervened in diplomacy, social unrest, the arms race and the armed forces.
There needs to be a greater effort made by the leaders of both societies to redeem them from the ignominy of being the campus jester and the feasting ground for all political intriguers and cliques.
The culprits put to trail in a series of hearing sessions are categorized in three groups, namely the "plotters, intriguers, and planners of the riots", "the antagonists and those affiliated to foreign services", and "the opportunists, hooligans, and hoodlums who set ablaze, or destroyed private and public properties, and those that have had a hand in disturbing public security".
Into such an intriguers' paradise innocently appears American Corporal Sharon Cates an award-winning member of the military police.
Instrumental rationality unfolds through society at large--the society of "picturesque phrases" and "care free intriguers" certainly--but it is especially the society of profit and loss that makes inevitable the war's monumental unconcern for human life.
A workingwoman, Hameeda, said these soaps were for women who're work-shy and intriguers. She said soaps promoted violence against women, Indian traditions, norms and values etc.
Of all the Machiavellian intriguers of the play, Fortinbras is the only one Hamlet admired at all, and his endorsement of his candidacy for the throne of Denmark just before his death reinforces his admiration with emphasis.
Richard's careless misreading of the Spanish characters Monina and Hernan de Faro--metaphoric and literal representations of romance--is especially noteworthy on this count as it speaks of a quixotic idealism that, as Moskal and Gary Kelly note, "became a staple of anti-Jacobin rhetoric" (Moskal, 31) during the 1790s and 1810 and gave rise to a subgenre of novels "show[ing] the Quixote figure as an impractical dupe to 'Jacobin' intriguers, conspirators, and seducers." (22)