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Smug Pierre Brochant (Thierry Lhermitte) learns about a hopeless monomaniac, Francois Pignon (Jacques Villeret), who builds elaborate architectural marvels out of matchsticks, and invites him as his guest.
He is, in many ways, the natural son of the great monomaniac of American literature, Melville's Ahab.
This fellow was part of a group assembled by a charismatic monomaniac whose Christ-like humility fronts for the hubris of a Hitler and who, accordingly, derives his mission from the Bible and Mein Kampf.
And indeed, for many Victorian readers, Swinburne's Poems and Ballads (which includes "Felise") and its celebration of immorality and lack of self-control could only be the product of a monomaniac mind.
MAIN opposition leader Nicos Anastasiades yesterday described President Demetris Christofias as a monomaniac and urged him to come clean on whether he had agreed to privatising public companies if the island's debt was deemed unsustainable.
Haydon was something of a monomaniac and saw historical painting almost as a divine 'calling'.
But one morning, turning to pass the doubloon, he seemed to be newly attracted by the strange figures and inscriptions stamped on it, as though now for the first time beginning to interpret for himself in some monomaniac way whatever significance might lurk in them.
The monomaniac hero of the latter is engaged in writing an epic poem entitled Iscariot: A Tragedy--a clear reference to Firmilian, who is writing a tragedy about Cain.
I have been an unthinking, blind-faith Darwinist since tenth-grade biology and always inclined, like other expensively educated people, to look down my nose at socially unevolved anti-Darwinists as at best monomaniac autodidacts and at worst what Al Gore once called "the extra-chromosome right.
Although historians generally have repudiated it as the "repelling" ranting of a bitter and "perverse" monomaniac," the treatise, based on copious notes George took and letters and other documents he collected during the events the book covers, is unique in its deliciously thick description of daily life in a separatist community struggling to survive persecution and to define itself in exile.
When transferred to the political realm such reasoning can lend itself to tyranny: the solitary view of the monomaniac is imposed without any recognition of the different views of others, i.