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Fans of the genre are more apt to appreciate the devilishness of such plot details than the tiresome, vaguely flawed character development that comes with them.
It was at this point, gentlemen, that enraged by the defection of seven of his former associates, and stung by the mocking voice that had last hailed him, and maddened by his long entombment in a place as black as the bowels of despair; it was then that Steelkilt proposed to the two Canallers, thus far apparently of one mind with him, to burst out of their hole at the next summoning of the garrison; and armed with their keen mincing knives (long, crescentic, heavy implements with a handle at each end) run amuck from the bowsprit to the taffrail; and if by any devilishness of desperation possible, seize the ship.
He had a charming friskiness about him, a devilishness that could be interpreted in several ways.
For example, seen in this light, the occlusion of Iago's motives makes him not only an elusively evil character, but a character who faces us with the "mobile devilishness of ourselves.
I think I will have to rally my troops and recall our past devilishness for one night.
Maya's moments are on a par with the legendary devilishness of Corrie murderer Richard Hillman and Sasha admits she was nervous about how the public would react to some of her stunts.
He is strong & powerful & Good; but were he Almighty, the things I saw and experienced, the great bloodshed & the pain, the insufferable agony & depravity, the tears & the inhuman devilishness of the war, would, could never have been.