unheroic


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It appeared certain that we must perish, but even that was not the bitterest thought; no, the abjectly unheroic nature of the death--that was the sting--that and the bizarre wording of the resulting obituary: "SHOT WITH A ROCK, ON A RAFT.
But the man who ought to have spoken - the man who had such a chance as few men have off the stage - who could have confounded these villains in a breath, and saved the wretched Rattray at once from them and from himself - that unheroic hero remained ignobly silent in his homely hiding-place.
Had Speranski sprung from the same class as himself and possessed the same breeding and traditions, Bolkonski would soon have discovered his weak, human, unheroic sides; but as it was, Speranski's strange and logical turn of mind inspired him with respect all the more because he did not quite understand him.
James Hook, thou not wholly unheroic figure, farewell.
It is unfortunately impossible to trace the plan of the poem, which presumably detailed the adventures of this unheroic character: the metre used was a curious mixture of hexametric and iambic lines.
Little Dorrit, though of the unheroic modern stock and mere English, did much more, in comforting her father's wasted heart upon her innocent breast, and turning to it a fountain of love and fidelity that never ran dry or waned through all his years of famine.
Judy Henn argues, for instance, that these "two unheroic heroes .
The painting was rejected by Amsterdam's civic authorities as unsuitable decoration for their new Town Hall, probably because of Rembrandt's radical treatment of the subject and his uncompromising and unheroic portrayal of the one-eyed Claudius Civilis.
Tuesday will tell if these unheroic straddles succeed.
But it wasn't until the Babylonian Talmud that Jews came up with a blueprint for the ideal man, says Daniel Boyarin, historian of religion at the University of California, Berkeley and author of Unheroic Conduct.
The unheroic atrocity of war becomes most evident and horrendous in Book XI.
Like some hapless but not unheroic figure who might appear in Yeats's analysis of personality-types in A Vision, Jerdan seeks fulfillment through the repeated adrenalin shots of commissioned work, through the suggestions of purpose offered by the next review, the next essay, the next bout of puffing or quarreling, the next literary enthusiasm.