Berthiers intrigue for him: -- old Foulon, who has now nothing to do but intrigue; who is known and even seen to be what they call a scoundrel; but of unmeasured wealth; who, from Commissariat-clerk which he once was, may hope, some think, if the game go right, to be Minister himself one day.
Thomas Jefferson said the first act of a scoundrel is to wrap himself in the flag.
Whether I'm zealot or scoundrel is beside the point.
Certainly this scoundrel is not the first to think M.
The last refuge of a scoundrel is to change discussion to absolutes that have never stated by anyone to make a point.