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The saints conceive of impurity in demonic terms as omnipresent and as eternally extending its Mephistophelean inducements, not so much to others of the impure class, but to "in-between types" who constitute the likeliest candidates for missionary redemption.
Because of his consistent betrayal of friendship in the name of a higher cause, namely literature, Svistonov is exposed as a Mephistophelean writer whose work is doomed to failure because it lacks heart.
Gaddis began the novel as a parodic retelling of Faust, and the novel retains at its core the story of Wyatt's temptation by the Mephistophelean Recktall Brown, his ensuing mental and spiritual deterioration, and his eventual redemption.
Sutherland, in red sunglasses that set off the Mephistophelean glow of his reddish hair, is so gleefully monstrous you almost expect him to sprout devil's horns.
This disquisition is answered by a Mephistophelean knock on the door; a teenager, who, like the other victims, virtually offers himself.
Like the Mephistophelean "no" coursing through Don Giovanni, fantasy is a "questioning presence" audible not only in custom-made settings such as Mendelssohn's "Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream," but in such sublime edifices as Beethoven's Fifth.
As this Mephistophelean bon vivant serves a sumptuous banquet to three old school friends who have gathered for their annual reunion, the streets below his elegant house are raked with gunfire.
When Don Pedro Guzman O'Moore Algoracid is first introduced, we are told that he is of "somber countenance and attire, with Mephistophelean suggestions of a clowning Dracula" (9).
By contrast, Goldhagen says, ``the Germans' killing of the Jews was often wrathful, preceded and attended by cruelty, degradation, mockery, and Mephistophelean laughter.
The lively presto fantastico had hints of Mephistophelean playfulness and there was a pleasant folk-influenced slow movement.
James Rutherford under-characterised the Mephistophelean role of Nick Shadow (but sang it beautifully), Christopher Gillett's Sellem was as unctuous as many of today's television auctioneers, and Susan Bickley was simply brilliant as Baba the Turk, Tom's bizarrely trophy-bearded wife.
Stanley Wells, chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, has enjoyed a long and distinguished academic career which in recent years was focused on The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford, where his Mephistophelean presence and sharp critical faculty made a research degree under his tutorship worth having, especially if it was read at the Institute.