Again from Joseph Conrad's The Tale
What is the meaning of the word gratuitous treachery below? (And, if you have time, also the meaning of a passion of unrighteousness for its own sake)
‘What he really expected to find there was the atmosphere, the atmosphere of gratuitous treachery, which in his view nothing could excuse; for he thought that even a passion of unrighteousness for its own sake could not excuse that.
Does it mean treachery without any risk of being caught?
And what about the second phrase, a passion of unrighteousness for its own sake ... I haven't got a clue about this one - for its own sake - hmm.
Well, Anglika. I did love his phraseology as well, i.e. until I started my translation. That which works so well in English, is not as straightforward when translated.
Uncalled for treachery fits the context very well. About the second one, I see your point, and agree. However, who has a passion of unrighteousness for its own sake, i.e. a passion for crime for its own sake? But then again, its being stated that not even something as base as that could excuse an uncalled for treachery, so ...
I think you have it!