There was, to be sure, Father Joseph, but his name was never pronounced but with a subdued voice, such was the terror inspired by his Gray Eminence
, as the cardinal's familiar was called.
Otherwise, they will soon become behind-the-scene wire pullers, "gray eminences
," "kingmakers," "brilliant mischief-makers."
Peary does a fine job of balancing gray eminences
and young Turks in his lineup of interviewees.
Grayson; his press secretary, Ray Stannard Baker; and that grayest of gray eminences, Bernard Baruch], then and for the rest of their lives, interpreted House's entirely intelligible and honorable diplomatic maneuvers as the blackest treason" (225).
I have long been interested in what we might call the general theory of gray eminence and in leading specimens of the genus.
At first the gray eminences
at FAS hoped the incident would just go away.
Both of these men were truly "gray eminences
" in the department, with styles and interests so different that any young astronomer could fit comfortably between them!
However, after a little while the gray eminences
of the Yeltsin regime, Gennady Burbulis and Mikhail Poltoranin, arrived at the Kremlin and took charge.