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gloomy Gus

A perpetually unhappy person. Gloomy Gus was a character in Happy Houligan, one of the earliest (1900) newspaper comic strips. Unlike his jovial brother Happy, saturnine Gus never smiled because he never found any reason to. For much of the 20th century, pessimists and anyone else who happened to look sad was referred to as a “gloomy Gus.”
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Morace in particular argues that Coover's fiction revolves around the conflict between pattern-keeper and pattern-breaker, and quotes the sculptor Meyer in Gloomy Gus as saying that the real object of a game is the 'sudden burst of freedom' (Gloomy Gus, p.
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11) This motif is found in The Origin of the Brunists, Universal Baseball Association, 'The Kid', The Public Burning, A Political Fable, Pinocchio in Venice, John's Wife, Ghost Town, plus lesser variations in 'Morris in Chains', 'Panel Game', Whatever Happened to Gloomy Gus of the Chicago Bears?