Walter Mitty

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Walter Mitty

A person, generally quite ordinary or ineffectual, who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs. For example, He's a Walter Mitty about riding in a rodeo but is actually afraid of horses. This term comes from James Thurber's short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1939), describing just such a character.
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This very awkward history of Mr Elliot was still, after an interval of several years, felt with anger by Elizabeth, who had liked the man for himself, and still more for being her father's heir, and whose strong family pride could see only in him a proper match for Sir Walter Elliot's eldest daughter.
It had not been possible for him to spend less; he had done nothing but what Sir Walter Elliot was imperiously called on to do; but blameless as he was, he was not only growing dreadfully in debt, but was hearing of it so often, that it became vain to attempt concealing it longer, even partially, from his daughter.
There was only a small part of his estate that Sir Walter could dispose of; but had every acre been alienable, it would have made no difference.
The pale face of the red-haired man seemed a shade paler, but he was silent and composed, and Sir Walter went up to Nolan with marked courtesy, saying, "Shall we go outside now, and get this business done?
Sir Walter Carey himself, followed by his secretary, began to walk round toward the only door, to demand admittance in a more regular fashion.
He will be armed, of course," remarked Sir Walter, casually.
Sir Walter straightened himself and called out something that was lost in another noise of firing; it was possible that the police were already avenging their comrade from the other side.
Then followed a curious silence; and Sir Walter, walking to the window through the thinning smoke, looked into the hollow shell of the ancient tower.
I said it was like an explosion," said Sir Walter Carey at last.
There was a long silence, and then Sir Walter said, seriously: "Well, Mr.
The spiritualists," said Sir Walter, with a smile, "would say that spirits could find a great deal of use for a table.
Your reasoning seems to me excellent," said Sir Walter, who was listening attentively.
Come along, Fisher," called out Sir Walter from below, when the others had regained the floor.
And then, continuing his suspended sentence, Walter Merritt Emory held on, looking intently at Kwaque's swelling:
Walter Merritt Emory said peremptorily to Daughtry.