The situations created by this strange combination of honest diplomacy and secret villainy are described by Priscus with real dramatic power.
If heroes could so debase themselves, can we wonder if men who were not heroes lent themselves to every sort of villainy ?
Knox does not seem to have known beforehand of Rizzio's "slaughter," which had been intended to be a semi-judicial act; but soon after it he records that "that vile knave Davie was justly punished, for abusing of the commonwealth, and for other villainy which we list not to express."
One of the Rivayato relates further: " After the villainy of Alexander, an assemblage of several high-priests brought together the Avesta from various places, and made a collection which included the sacred Yasna, Vispered, Vendidad and other scraps of the Avesta."
treachery of a surprising white devil, Shakespeare challenges his audiences to spot the true color of villainy.