He cared little that he was in mortal sin, that his life had grown to be a tissue of subterfuge and falsehood.
Where was the soul that had hung back from her destiny, to brood alone upon the shame of her wounds and in her house of squalor and subterfuge to queen it in faded cerements and in wreaths that withered at the touch?
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And after all, bargains and subterfuge are a way of life for him.