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Offline Ten thumbs

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Re: Your Favorite Villain/s in Literature
« Reply #40 on: January 10, 2019, 04:04:19 AM »
Not forgetting Heathcliff surely.
Another of mine is Montoni in The Mysteries of Udolpho, a man full of wicked schemes.
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Re: Your Favorite Villain/s in Literature
« Reply #41 on: January 10, 2019, 08:07:54 AM »
Since someone mentioned Count Fosco, I would mention from Wilkie Collins villains Captain Wragge and Godfrey Ablewhite.
"Javert, though frightful, had nothing ignoble about him. Probity, sincerity, candor, conviction, the sense of duty, are things which may become hideous when wrongly directed; but which, even when hideous, remain grand."

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« Reply #42 on: January 10, 2019, 09:05:06 AM »
And whilst thinking of Radcliffe, not forgetting the monk Schedoni.
As quoted on the back cover of the Oxford World Classic edition of The Italian:

'His figure was striking, but not so from grace. . . and as he stalked along, wrapt in the black garments of his order, there was something terrible in its air; something almost super-human.'
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« Reply #43 on: January 14, 2019, 07:36:26 AM »
Richard III in the Shakespeare Play - I like his style. Mostly, he's your typical Machiavel, but his successful courtship of Lady Anne shows how evil can be tremendously attractive - well-illustrated in Olivier's film. 
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« Reply #44 on: January 22, 2019, 07:16:56 AM »
Balzac's Vautrin - he's already in my eyes one of the greatest villains of all time and I haven't even read Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes halfway through yet. Plus he appears in other novels by Balzac as well, which I haven't yet even touched.
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Re: Your Favorite Villain/s in Literature
« Reply #45 on: January 22, 2019, 12:10:37 PM »
Three Russians

Raskolnikov

Prince Valkovsky

Marmeladov

and an Englishman

Adolf Verloc

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Re: Your Favorite Villain/s in Literature
« Reply #46 on: March 13, 2019, 11:05:53 AM »
Adding another character from The Great Gatsby, Meyer Wolfsheim. He's such a brilliant character.
"Javert, though frightful, had nothing ignoble about him. Probity, sincerity, candor, conviction, the sense of duty, are things which may become hideous when wrongly directed; but which, even when hideous, remain grand."

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« Reply #47 on: March 13, 2019, 11:18:15 AM »
Three Russians

Raskolnikov

Prince Valkovsky

Marmeladov

and an Englishman

Adolf Verloc

Florestan, if you have the time and inclination, what are your thoughts on Pechorin from A Hero of our Time hy Lermontov?

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« Reply #48 on: March 13, 2019, 11:49:08 AM »
Florestan, if you have the time and inclination, what are your thoughts on Pechorin from A Hero of our Time hy Lermontov?

I will have to read it first.  :D
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« Reply #49 on: March 13, 2019, 11:52:43 AM »
I will have to read it first.  :D

Don't shatter my illusions!  :o

Nah, if/when you get around to reading it, do let me know your thoughts - because you're clearly not afraid to state them.  8)

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« Reply #50 on: March 13, 2019, 12:04:02 PM »
Don't shatter my illusions!  :o

Nah, if/when you get around to reading it, do let me know your thoughts - because you're clearly not afraid to state them.  8)

Will do.
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Re: Your Favorite Villain/s in Literature
« Reply #51 on: March 13, 2019, 12:22:17 PM »
Marmeladov is not villain, is he? The second villain in Crime and Punishment is Svidrigailov, I'd say.
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« Reply #52 on: March 13, 2019, 01:27:01 PM »
Marmeladov is not villain, is he? The second villain in Crime and Punishment is Svidrigailov, I'd say.

Marmeladov isn't a villain, he's a pathetically weak drunk. Svidrigailov is the principal villain.

While we're on Dostoyevsky: Smerdyakov (and Fyodor) in Brothers Karamazov, Peter Verkhovensky and Nikolai Stavrogin in Devils, Peter is particularly odious, Rogozhin in The Idiot.

Hugo: Claude Frollo is vile in The Hunchback, Thernadier in Les Miserables.

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Re: Your Favorite Villain/s in Literature
« Reply #53 on: March 13, 2019, 02:12:30 PM »
Frollo is vile but he is also a complex character; he really cared for Quasimodo when he was young (and he is also too charitable towards his lazy partying brother. He is a Faustian character with his alchemy obsessions and basically driven insane by lust and jealousy.
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Re: Your Favorite Villain/s in Literature
« Reply #54 on: March 13, 2019, 02:41:17 PM »
Milo Minderbinder in Catch-22.  Villainous and funny.
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« Reply #55 on: March 13, 2019, 06:02:15 PM »
Will do.

Cool.  8) Seriously, if you have the time to read it (even just the 'Princess Mary' section) your thoughts would be interesting, due in part that you're one of the posters in this forum who has the balls to share your opinion on stuff, seemingly unbridled.  ;D

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« Reply #56 on: March 14, 2019, 12:39:20 AM »
Cool.  8) Seriously, if you have the time to read it (even just the 'Princess Mary' section) your thoughts would be interesting, due in part that you're one of the posters in this forum who has the balls to share your opinion on stuff, seemingly unbridled.  ;D

Why, thanks, I'll try to oblige asap.  8)
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Re: Your Favorite Villain/s in Literature
« Reply #57 on: March 14, 2019, 01:01:42 AM »
Marmeladov isn't a villain, he's a pathetically weak drunk. Svidrigailov is the principal villain.

While we're on Dostoyevsky: Smerdyakov (and Fyodor) in Brothers Karamazov, Peter Verkhovensky and Nikolai Stavrogin in Devils, Peter is particularly odious, Rogozhin in The Idiot.

Hugo: Claude Frollo is vile in The Hunchback, Thernadier in Les Miserables.

I second the Stavrogin mention. The most evil and best written character I've ever read.

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Re: Your Favorite Villain/s in Literature
« Reply #58 on: March 14, 2019, 01:08:31 AM »
I should get back to reading Dostoevsky. I again realized that I never got through any of the earlier novels and novellas (like Poor people, Humiliated and Insulted etc.) as I had to google Valkovsky although I read all of the "big ones" and several of them twice.
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Re: Your Favorite Villain/s in Literature
« Reply #59 on: March 14, 2019, 01:14:13 AM »
Alexandre Dumas pére: Danglars, Villefort, Edmond Dantés

Edmond Dantés, a villain? And more, as villain as Villefort? No way.
What is Music? How do you define it? Music is a calm moonlit night, the rustle of leaves in Summer. Music is the far off peal of bells at dusk! Music comes straight from the heart and talks only to the heart: it is Love!  --- Rachmaninoff