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treachery
used in Moby Dick

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the behavior of someone who pretends to be a friend and then tricks, cheats, or betrays
  • Upon hearing the frantic project of their leader, each in his own separate soul had suddenly lighted, it would seem, upon the same piece of treachery, namely: to be foremost in breaking out, in order to be the first of the three, though the last of the ten, to surrender; and thereby secure whatever small chance of pardon such conduct might merit.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (72% in)
  • But when Steelkilt made known his determination still to lead them to the last, they in some way, by some subtle chemistry of villany, mixed their before secret treacheries together; and when their leader fell into a doze, verbally opened their souls to each other in three sentences; and bound the sleeper with cords, and gagged him with cords; and shrieked out for the Captain at midnight.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (73% in)

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