underplot


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un·der·plot

 (ŭn′dər-plŏt′)
n.

underplot

(ˈʌndəˌplɒt)
n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a subsidiary plot in a literary or dramatic work
2. an undercover plot
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As a complement to the underplot, rather a tragic one, Iran grants a "Nobel Prize," in the form of citizenship to those mercenaries fighting for the expansionist projects of Iran.
To a certain extent, The Third Man remains deliberately agnostic with respect to its own meaning as anything other than pure melodrama, but the agnostic cast of mind in the text argues for the possibility of a Christian underplot.
Noyes would never have said that "the underplot of the Englishmen is practically the same as in Jonson" (1928: 112.
Yet Fossile's struggle to convert profligate practices into decipherable documents arguably comes to its dramatic (and comedic) climax in an earlier scene, when Fossile and his fellow scholars come upon the disguised rakes Plotwell and Underplot, and proceed doggedly to pursue hieroglyphic meanings in what are, in fact, the very embodiments of theatricality.
In this underplot, an orphan is un wittingly and quickly reunited with his parents and relatives in a brief court scene--a farce that ends with everyone fainting happily into each other's arms.