The imputation of being a sodomite came to be regarded as a deleterious slur upon manly reputation, so that mere extortionary
threats to make this accusation could be successful even without any apparent objective grounds for concern by the man accused.
Conversely, Congress recognized that extortionary
demands for payment, such as payment in order to keep an oil rig from being dynamited, would not be held to contain the requisite corrupt purpose.
If paper was expensive, the cost of gut strings was simply extortionary
There are a host of magnificently-drawn minor characters, starting with Abady's widowed and tyrannical old mother, her dishonest agent Azbej, the old Roumanian political Timisan, the men of the mountains who, one snowbound night, brutally murder an extortionary