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Herein he urges reconsideration of Hamlet, not as the noble-minded hero or suffering demigod of prevailing critical opinion, but more negatively as "an offence against poetry and morals, nay even as an attack against the great dramatist himself" (374).
This is a society in which the most innocent and noble-minded become the sexual prey of a couple of bored and decadent ex-lovers - the Marquise de Merteuil, played by Self's real-life wife Lynne Seymour, and the Vicomte de Valmont (Self) - having both ice-cold revenge and seduction on their minds.
Without these self-imposed targets, the vision becomes a noble-minded wish-list of the sort that nobody could possibly speak out against.
Smith Goes to Washington," in which a noble-minded senator uses the filibuster to fight the entrenched interests in Washington.
The Tribune imagined its readership as equally noble-minded and aspiring; its architectural competition broke with a cycle of lotteries and giveaways by the competing papers to create a circulation gimmick that appealed not to greed but rather to the reader's sense of civic pride and cultural ambition.