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30 May 12 02:19
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Walter Mitty is a fictional character in James Thurber's short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", first published in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939, and in book form in My World and Welcome to It in 1942. It was made into a film in 1947.[1]
Mitty is a meek, mild man with a vivid fantasy life: in a few dozen paragraphs he imagines himself a wartime pilot, an emergency-room surgeon, and a devil-may-care killer. The character's name has come into more general use to refer to an ineffectual dreamer, appearing in several dictionaries.[2] The American Heritage Dictionary defines a Walter Mitty as "an ordinary, often ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs".[3] The most famous of Thurber's inept male protagonists, the character is considered "the archetype for dreamy, hapless, Thurber Man".[4]
Although the story has humorous elements, there is a darker and more significant message underlying the text, leading to a more tragic interpretation of the Mitty character. Even in his heroic daydreams, Mitty does not triumph, several fantasies being interrupted before the final one sees Mitty dying bravely in front of a firing squad. In the brief snatches of reality that punctuate Mitty's fantasies the audience meets well-meaning but insensitive strangers who inadvertently rob Mitty of some of his remaining dignity.
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Report FINE AS FROG HAIR May 30, 2012 2:26 AM BST
Not all like you, whippet or Mr Ben.
So whom on earth could you be talking about, I wonder ?
Report Whippet May 30, 2012 6:44 PM BST
Report polybot June 5, 2012 1:34 AM BST
Menelaus: named (by himself Silly) after the leader (no jokes about aftertiming please) of the greek spartans, likes big, rough, muscley, tanned men, playing with pretend swords, dressing in leather outfits, and writing romantic fiction about trips to New York, fast cars, castles in France, hoards of treasure, and tall handsome strangers on white horses.
Report Mrben June 5, 2012 4:36 AM BST
polybot, you may be onto something!

melly may be a writer of pulp fiction novels, here on the forum seeking real world info.WhoopsWhoopsTongue Out
Report Whippet July 9, 2012 9:32 PM BST
walter mitty at it again. personal friend of not only seth klarman, but of ambrose evans pritchard as well. Is there anybody that this international jetsetter doesn't know?Laugh
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