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#11990 - 12/04/00 12:21 AM Fictional characters who live on in the dictionary
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One of the most important ingredients of fiction is its characters. Think
of any memorable book, play or movie and you'll recall its people--from
protagonist (and deuteragonist and tritagonist and ...) to antagonist are
folks one can feel, relate to, though not necessarily always agree with.
These are the people with depths, they are not cardboard characters or
people who live a 2D life, to use the publishing jargon. These multifaceted
people come alive on the pages of a book, on the stage of a theater, or on
the screen of a movie theater with all their foibles, follies and victories.
Perhaps the ultimate sign of their character is that they live on on the
pages of dictionaries. This week's AWAD focuses on a few of these fictional
persons who came alive and added a bit more color to our language.


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#11991 - 12/04/00 05:37 PM Re: Fictional characters who live on in the dictionary
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

There was a question on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" about this book last night. The spies must be out again . . .


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#11992 - 12/06/00 10:51 PM Re: Fictional characters who live on in the dictionary
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Do we have any Board members in Glasgow?

I have been trying to track down The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and apparently, the only copy to be found is in a place called PaperbackShop in Cirencester, Gl., which, rightly or wrongly, I believe means Glasgow.

Call me poultry, but I hesitate handing over my credit card number over the internet to people I know nothing about.


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#11993 - 12/06/00 10:59 PM Re: Fictional characters who live on in the dictionary
Marty Offline
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>Call me poultry...

You asked for it, Chicken Breasts!

chookman


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#11994 - 12/07/00 03:16 AM Re: Fictional characters who live on in the dictionary
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Do we have any Board members in Glasgow?

Glasgow in Scotland? Jo lives in Edinburgh - an hour's drive from there...

I remember Walter Mitty as a Thurber short story, and thought you could find it in most collections of his fiction.


And regarding the poultry thing - are you a broiler, a roaster or a boiler then?

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#11995 - 12/07/00 10:36 AM Re: Fictional characters who live on in the dictionary
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shanks, you're playing fowl, when you suggest that bel is layed out!( boiler then? )

She could be what is marketed here as an oven stuffer--a variety of chicken with plump breasts,
or perhaps she is a spring chicken!

it's pretty cocked up to suggest bel is anything less than of fine feather!

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#11996 - 12/07/00 06:00 PM Re: Fictional characters who live on in the dictionary
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Ah merci Of Troy. A bouquet of flowers for your staunch defense of me! I'll let those gents cluck away for a little while


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#11997 - 12/08/00 04:33 AM Re: Fictional characters who live on in the dictionary
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La belle Bel dit:

Do we have any Board members in Glasgow?

I have been trying to track down The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and apparently, the only copy to be found is in a place called PaperbackShop in Cirencester, Gl., which, rightly or wrongly, I believe means Glasgow.

Call me poultry, but I hesitate handing over my credit card number over the internet to people I know nothing about.



Bel, Cirencester is in Gloucestershire, not Glasgow. Much nearer Wales than Scotland.

Have you tried Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble?

And why haven't you got a KFCDinersCard to make purchases on the Internet if you're into chicken in big way? I realise that you don't want to be stuffed and trussed over Internet purchases, but surely gently roasted with lots of basting (see the thread on grease) and a nice honey glaze would be fine?

CK

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#11998 - 12/08/00 10:24 AM Re: Fictional characters who live on in the dictionary
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I realise that you don't want to be stuffed and trussed

I thought this board was about words and not my kinky sex life....
(what is the difference between a chicken and a feather?-- using a feather is kinky, but using a chicken is down right perverted.)
but enough of country matters...


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#11999 - 12/08/00 01:46 PM Re: Fictional characters who live on in the dictionary
belMarduk Offline
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gently roasted with lots of basting and a nice honey glaze would be fine?

oooo, if you put it that way it doesn't sound all that bad .

>Cirencester is in Gloucestershire, not Glasgow. Much nearer Wales than Scotland

The company was listed as being in Glasgow on their internet listing. I did try with Barnes&Noble, Chapters, Amazon and Coles. It was only through <out of print books> that I found this company.

I think I shall just have to take the chance and order it. Ugh. You always hear such horror stories about ordering over the net.


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