bad character

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Brocklehurst I had a bad character, a deceitful disposition; and I'll let everybody at Lowood know what you are, and what you have done."
If you would like to see how I go through my work, I am now about--with my young family--to visit a brickmaker in the neighbourhood (a very bad character) and shall be glad to take you with me.
"Colonel," said Smilash, deeply impressed, "you have a penetrating mind, and you know a bad character at sight.
'Oh, ma'am,' replied the young woman, 'he ran away, near a month ago, from his parents, who are hard-working and respectable people; and went and joined a set of thieves and bad characters; and almost broke his mother's heart.'
There's no temptation there, sir--no drink--no young women--no bad characters of any sort--nothing but imagination.
It's thought a pretty view by moonlight; and they tell me it's no longer beset at night by bad characters, as it used to be in the old time."
Arthur Gride, venturing to regard his visitor more attentively, and perceiving that he was a young man of good mien and bearing, returned to his seat, and muttering that there were bad characters about, and that this, with former attempts upon his house, had made him nervous, requested his visitor to sit down.
"I play a bad character so I like the fact I can come across as a bad character on stage.
He also goes back much further to uncover that his four times great grandmother, who was branded a 'bad character' by police in 1841, was actually a strong woman who stood up against the men who wronged her.
Reham Khan, former wife of Imran Khan, on Friday blamed media persons and politicians belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for portraying her as a woman with bad character over her upcoming autobiography.
If he's a bad character, there's always a plane back from Johannesburg."
But the defence argued if jurors were made aware of the clip showing "a consensual threesome involving unknown parties", it would "indicate bad character" on Harrison's part.