friponnerie

friponnerie

(frɪˌpɒnəˈriː; French fripɔnəri)
n
an act of roguery
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The novel ends with a bold and clear assertion of the truth: "Let us agree that the legality of society's knavery would be a beautiful thing, if God did not exist" ("Convenons entre nous que la legalite serait pour les friponneries sociales une belle chose, si Dieu n'existait pas" [286]).
Tiphaine makes his peace with Vinet and accepts an appointment as chief magistrate of His Majesty's court, and Mine Tiphaine happily frequents the salon of "la belle Madame Rogron." The author concludes that "la leg alite serait, pour les friponneries sociales, une belle chose si Dieu n'existait pas." The reference to God is by no means idle.
The narrator comments: "La legalite serait, pour les friponneries sociales, une belle chose si Dieu n'existait pas" (4.163).