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Marplot  n.  One who, by his officious interference, mars or frustrates a design or plot.

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"Marplot" Quotes from Famous Books

... and trifles, fill their cycle, to magnetize with folly that rolling world the brain: another twist, and love is lord paramount, a paltry bit of glass, casually rose-coloured, shedding its warm blush over all the reflective powers: suddenly an overcast, for that marplot, Disappointment, has obtruded a most vexatiously reiterated morsel of lamp-black: again Hope's little bit of blue paint makes azure rainbows all about the firmament of man's own inner world; and at last an atom of gold-dust specks all the glasses with its lurid yellow, and haply leaves the old ...
— The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper • Martin Farquhar Tupper

... Miss Allardyce had with great craft managed to keep their engagement secret for a fortnight. There were urgent and imperative reasons why Major Allardyce should not know how matters stood for at least another month, and this small marplot had discovered ...
— The Kipling Reader - Selections from the Books of Rudyard Kipling • Rudyard Kipling

... and Charles Mr. Johnston. Sir George Airy and Whisper Mr. Deans. Sir Jealous Traffic and Marplot Mr. Jones. Miranda and Scentwell Mrs. Deans. Patch and Isabinda ...
— A Book of the Play - Studies and Illustrations of Histrionic Story, Life, and Character • Dutton Cook

... Whereupon the marplot and killjoy remarked that if it were a question of swimming she should prefer to remain at home, as she had large responsibilities devolving upon her, and her life was in a sense not her own to fling away ...
— A Cathedral Courtship • Kate Douglas Wiggin

... means to guard against this undefined marplot to the accomplishment of his wishes, is the object of his religion. Its primitive forms are therefore defensive and conciliatory. The hopes of the savage extend little beyond the reach of his own arm, and the tenor ...
— The Religious Sentiment - Its Source and Aim: A Contribution to the Science and - Philosophy of Religion • Daniel G. Brinton

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