"The Death Trap"

Please note the meanings of the following words and phrases:
semblance - An outward or token appearance
sacrre aristo - admired aristocrats
faggots - a bundle of sticks
conjecture - a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence);
perforce -by necessity; by force of circumstance
efface -obliterate: remove completely from recognition or memory;
peremptory - autocratic: offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power; "an autocratic person"; "autocratic behavior"; "a bossy way ...
sacrrree soutane! - sacred a long cassock with buttons down the front; worn by Roman Catholic priests
cura - A cleric, especially one who has charge of a parish. Spanish form of the French cure
obsequiousness - abject or cringing submissiveness
Desgas - a new character - Chavelin's secretary
factotum - a servant employed to do a variety of jobs
implicitly -without doubting or questioning; "I implicitly trust him"
negligence - failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances
aiding and abetting - generally means to somehow assist in the commission of a crime, or to be an accomplice. It involves a plan to commit a crime or to commit acts, the probable consequences of which.
curees -
fiendish - demonic: extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell; "something demonic in him--something that could be cruel";
malice - A desire to harm others or to see others suffer; extreme ill will or spite. 2. Law The intent, without just cause or reason, to commit a wrongful act that will result in harm to another.
Dante - born c. May 21–June 20, 1265, Florence—died Sept. 13/14, 1321, Ravenna) Italian poet. Dante was of noble ancestry, and his life was shaped by the conflict between papal and imperial partisans (the Guelfs and Ghibellines). When an opposing political faction within the Guelfs (Dante's party) gained ascendancy, he was exiled (1302) from Florence, to which he never returned. His life was given direction by his spiritual love for Beatrice Portinari (d. 1290), to whom he dedicated most of his poetry. His great friendship with Guido Cavalcanti shaped his later career as well. La Vita Nuova (1293?) celebrates Beatrice in verse. In his difficult years of exile, he wrote the verse collection The Banquet (c. 1304–07); De vulgari eloquentia (1304–07; “Concerning Vernacular Eloquence”), the first theoretical discussion of the Italian literary language; and On Monarchy (1313?), a major Latin treatise on medieval political philosophy. He is best known for the monumental epic poem The Divine Comedy (written c. 1308–21; originally titled simply Commedia), a profoundly Christian vision of human temporal and eternal destiny. It is an allegory of universal human destiny in the form of a pilgrim's journey through hell and purgatory, guided by the Roman poet Virgil, and then to Paradise, guided by Beatrice. By writing it in Italian rather than Latin, Dante almost singlehandedly made Italian a literary language, and he stands as one of the towering figures of European literature. (From The Free Dictionary)
gamut - a complete extent or range: "a face that expressed a gamut of emotions"


Note the melodramatic language in the following line: "The brave eagle, captured, and with noble wings clipped, was doomed to endure the gnawing of the rat." What does this line mean? is it "over the top"?