For at bottom—so he told me—he was actuated by a profound desire to learn among the Christians, the arts whereby to make his people still happier than they were; and more than that, still better than they were.
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These were novel concepts to one who had been taught to believe that wolves were not only capable of catching almost anything but, actuated by an insatiable blood lust, would slaughter everything which came within their range.
Farley Mowat -- Never Cry Wolf
Whether she was really an agent of the Thought Police, or simply an amateur spy actuated by officiousness, hardly mattered.