The novel reflected this quality of assurance, and its utmost charity was to unmask an apparent villain and show that he or she was really profoundly and correctly good, or to unmask an apparent saint and show the hypocrite.
From sparkles bred By thee, that like a villain-- SCAR.
O treacherous Villain!-- L. Ful.
and the villain"-- "Lives!"
Of course, the gentlemanly, good-humored Doctor is not to be considered a villain in the ordinary acceptation of the word; he is only a technical villain,--a villain of eminent respectability.
They who were born in villainage, were born to an inheritance of labour, but not of inevitable depravity and wretchedness.
In every novel there are three principal elements,--the Hero, the Heroine, the Villain,--all three gracefully blending, in the Plot.
At last the attendant was found--lazy villain!--asleep, snoring loudly, stertorously, in his little bunk at the end of the car.
To take such pains to be a villain!--But (for the fiftieth time) let me ask thee, Who would have thought that there had been such a woman in the world?-- Nevertheless, she had best take care that she carries not her obstinacy much farther.
DODGER (The Artful), the sobriquet of Jack Dawkins, an artful thievish young scamp, in the boy crew of Fagin the Jew villain.--C. Dickens, Oliver Twist, viii. (
He hath out-villain'd villainy so far that the rarity redeems him.
Well, sister, I am sorry for your sake; But for your brother, he is knowne to be A damned villaine and an hipocrite.
The author naively remarks in the dedication that "The Subject of the Trifle I presume to offer, is, The Worst of Women," and she has indeed out-villained the blackest of her male villains in the character of the wicked Baroness.
Villaines, where are your Ladies?
But she would not speak or tell them what had happened and it was only when they had gotten her off in a cab with a motherly, big hearted woman who played shrew's and villainess' parts always on the stage but was the one person of the whole cast to whom every one turned in time of trouble that the rest searched the paper for the clew to the thing which had made Tony look like death itself.
68.--The covetous and avaricious Villain.--From a Miniature in "Proverbes et Adages, &c," Manuscript in the National Library of Paris, with this legend: "Je suis icy levant les yeulx Eu ce haut lieu des attendens, En convoitant pour avoir mieulx Prendre la lune avec les dens."
O Lassingbergh, we know your villainie, And thy dishonour (fond Lucilia).
The excellence of good rulers is discernible not in the villainies of others but in their own good behavior.
The virtue of Emilia is such as we often find, worn loosely, but not cast off; easy to commit small crimes, but quickened and alarmed at atrocious villainies.--Dr.
For several years past, anti-slavery truth has been spreading, and in proportion as light has shone upon the "peculiar institution," exposing to the world its crimes and blood,--enstamping upon its frontlet, "THE SUM OF ALL VILLAINIES,"--has the wrath of the impious slaveholder been kindled, and his arm outstretched to strengthen the chain, and press closer the yoke upon the helpless slave, proving conclusively that he loves darkness because his deeds are evil.
Before those whom thou lovest-- Before all Rome I'll taunt thee, villain,--I'll taunt thee, Dost hear?
She rose to her feet, and, looking scornfully down upon him, exclaimed,-- "Then you acknowledge yourself a villain!--not from premeditation, which would give your baseness some dignity, but a weakly fool, so tossed about by Fate that he is made a villain without either desire or resistance!"
But when I am satisfied, and he who makes all this disturbance is a villain----Once it is done, what do you think the father will say? '
What a singular counterpart the striking conclusion here forms to Dante's tremendous assault on a still living villain,--or enemy!
There are no traditions to a carbine--nothing of the Spirit of one's Ancestors in one--a vile mechanic thing of villainous saltpetre.
Snakes, I think, sir; for they come with stings in their mouths, and their tongues are turn'd to teeth too: they claw villainously, they have ate up your honest name and honourable reputation by railing against you: and now they come to devour your possessions.
What, would you have me then compare him to worse villains?
Indeed you are!--the worst of villains!--Help!
"You scoundrel," said Legrand, hissing out the syllables from between his clenched teeth--"you infernal black villain!--speak, I tell you!--answer me this instant, without prevarication!--which--which is your left eye?"
you infernal villain"--speaking to the quarter-master and using the most horrid oaths--"You infernal villain, if you do not lay on harder the next time I command you, I'll have you put in irons."
the blackest of villains!--Say you will sheath your knife in the injurer's, not the injured's heart, and then will I indeed approach you, but not else.
Top your parts, ye villains!--You know how nicely I distinguish.
And then, the unveiled wonders of that strange, new world of canvas and pasteboard and trap-doors,--people, Nature, Art, and architecture, never before beheld, and but faintly conceived of,--the magic of shifting scenes,--the suddenness and awfulness of subterranean and aerial descents and ascents,--the solemn stage-walk of the heroine,--the majestic strut of the hero,--the princely sweep of velvet,--the illusive sparkle of paste,--the rattle of Brobdignagian pearls,--the saucy tossing of pages' plumes,--the smiles, the wiles, the astonishing bounds and bewildering pirouettes of the dancing Houries,--the great sobs and small shrieks of persecuted beauty,--the blighting smile of the villain,--the lofty indifference of supernumeraries!
>>> Perhaps the company he found there, may be the most probable way of accounting for his bearing with the house, and for his strange suspensions of marriage, when it was in his power to call such an angel of a woman his.-- >>> O my dear, the man is a villain!--the greatest of villains, in every light!--I am convinced that he is.--And this Doleman must be another of his implements!
While observing this old, gray-headed villain,--this dealer in the bodies and souls of men,--the chaplain of the Senate entered the car,--a Methodist brother,--and took his brother Slatter by the hand, chatted with him for some time, and seemed to view the heart-rending scene before him with as little concern as we should look upon cattle.
Thou art my friend, Baldazzar, And I have not forgotten it--thou'lt do me A piece of service: wilt thou go back and say Unto this man, that I, the Earl of Leicester, Hold him a villain?--thus much, I pr'ythee, say Unto the Count--it is exceeding just He should have cause for quarrel.
To give all up to the villain!--To pay him for his treason!
Munchausen, you will recall, in the placing of his magic countries, was not above this agreeable villainy.
ARTFUL DODGER, the sobriquet of John Dawkins, a young thief, up to every sort of dodge, and a most marvellous adept in villainy.--Dickens, Oliver Twist (1837).
Wicked wretch!--Insolent villain!--yes, she called me insolent villain, although so much in my power!
All things went ill with the uncle, who perished in gaol, and the ruffian, after a lapse of seven years, confessed the whole villainy.--Percy, Reliques, III.
66.--Villains before going to Work receiving their Lord's Orders.--Miniature in the "Proprietaire des Choses.
Would to Heaven to-morrow, without complimenting any body, might be his happy day!--Villain!