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" Pedro, at any rate, was just a simple, straightforward brute, if a murderous one. There was no mystery about him, nothing uncanny, no suggestion of a stealthy, deliberate wild-cat turned into a man, or of an insolent spectre on leave from Hades, endowed... "
Victory - Page 114
1921
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VICTORY

JOSEP CONRAD - 1921
...straightforward brute, if a murderous one. There was no mystery about him, nothing uncanny, no suggestion of a stealthy, deliberate wild-cat turned into a man, or...gentlemen, if you had turned up here only three months ago—ay, less than three months ago—you would have found somebody very different from what I am...
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Sin and Evil: Moral Values in Literature

Ronald Paulson - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 403 pages
...straightforward brute, if a murderous one. There was no mystery about him, nothing uncanny, no suggestion of a stealthy, deliberate wild-cat turned into a man, or...with skin and bones and a subtle power of terror" (2.5.115-16). So we have the trio: grotesque man-animal creatures, abominations. Their uncanny evil...
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