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a cowardly and despicable person

despicably mean and cowardly

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Finally Kalpen Trivedi offers a persuasive argument for seeing a group of manuscripts oh the Pore Caitiff with 'Lollard' elements as emanating from the period of Wycliffite activity before Lollardy was formally identified, labelled, and attacked by the church.
Rooksbill, at least, takes these threats very seriously when he walks into Paris Tavern, the site of the play's climatic confrontation: "My wicked, caitiff, reprobate son is here too.
The Middle English prose manuscripts overwhelmingly contain religious works, and all the important works are there: Nicholas Love's Mirror ofthe Blessed Life of Jesus Christ (two manuscripts); Hilton's Scale (three, one complete) and Mixed Life; the Cloud of Unknowing (three); Rolle (several manuscripts of several works); sermons, including the Wycliffite dominical cycle and Mirk's Festial (four, one complete--Connolly suggests five, but, in fact, Gg.vi.16 is not a Festial, although it is related to the Revision of the Festial); The Charter of the Abbey of the Holy Ghost and The Abbey itself (two of each); Speculum Christiani (four); The Lay Folks' Catechism (two); The Pore Caitiff (five, two complete); and so on.
The popular perception of Kang Hongnip as a coward and a corrupt traitor must have evolved soon after the war, for a biographical story known as the Story of Caitiff Kang (Kang No chon [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) was written by Kwon Ch'ik (1599-1667) in 1630.
Signing to Trustkill Records in 2004, they released debut album The Caitiff Choir later that year.
/A rose knows no ambivalence." Yet such a balance of scent and thorn is far from the poet's encounter with a poisonous snake whose swallowing of a fish leaves him feeling nervously cautious: "I backed away/neglectful of courtesy/and glad/that dragons/never were" ("Caitiff").
There is a Castles, and a Canning, A Cobbett, and a Castlereigh; All sorts of caitiff corpses planning All sorts of cozening for trepanning Corpses less corrupt than they.
Traitor to kin and kind, to sire and me, To thine own flesh, and traitor to thyself, The gods on thee in hell shall wreak their wrath, And here in earth this hand shall take revenge On thee, Porrex, thou false and caitiff wight.
Caitiff, to pieces shake, That under covert and convenient seeming Has practised on man's life.
A caitiff, a cut-throat, a creeper in corners, A hairbrain, a hangman, or a grafter of horners?
In the one, she is expansive in describing the angelic attributes that seem to belong to Angelo versus the treacherous caitiff or villain that in fact he is: "'Tis not impossible/ But one, the wicked'st caitiff on the ground,/ May seem as shy, as grave, as just, as absolute,/ As Angelo; even so may Angelo,/ In all his dressings, characts, titles, forms,/ Be an arch-villain" (5.1.52-57).
Noting this penury, to myself I said, An' if a man did need poison now, Whose sale is present death in Mantua, Here lives a caitiff wretch would sell it him.' (5.1.37-52) James H.
Peace is good; but wo to the cowardly caitiff of a man, or
While Isabella speaks hyperbolically, there is some truth to her characterizations when she denounces Angelo as the "wicked'st caitiff on the ground" and a "pernicious" "arch-villain" 5.1.56;60;91).
The noble Duke my master, My worthy arch and patron, comes tonight: By his authority I will proclaim it, That he which finds him shall deserve our thanks, Bringing the murderous caitiff to the stake; He that conceals him, death.