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The latter reading of Glaukos' comment fits especially well the particular context of Hemingway's vignette, which describes the futile, unheroic death of some modern Greek "warriors" (the War Ministers) specifically connected with another "Trojan" war (modern Turkey being the site of ancient Troy).
Similarly, a few pages later, she refuses to transcribe the shamefully "submissive Letters" that Cesario writes to save his life after his unheroic capture, assuring us that they were "filled with Tautologies and Stuff of no Coherence; in which he neither showed the Majesty of a Prince, nor Sense of a Gentleman.
It's a pleasure that the women who do so are ordinary, unheroic
Truman, who seemed unglamorous, unheroic, and unelectable.
The unheroic but attractive Clive falls in love with his cousin Ethel, but instead marries Rose Mackenzie, who eventually dies in childbirth.
Euripides merely dramatizes a brief portion of the aftermath, about an hour or two the morning after Troy has been looted and burned and the Trojan men put to death, but in that time we see enough to realize that war is the most devastating, unheroic activity that man has ever devised.
It is the subject in particular of the Argonautica, the masterpiece of Apollonius of Rhodes, which is notable for the psychological realism with which its characters are treated, its memorable picture of Medea, and its remarkably unheroic portrayal of its hero, Jason.
This unwillingness to take a stand, this unheroic, apolitical quietism, was in some sense bequeathed to the son, who says: "I have infinitely sympathized with, felt and finally embraced the maxim of Goethe: 'Better an injustice than disorder.
In the tradition of Bruce Nauman, John Jan Ader, and others before him, Kersels deadpans unheroic actions, frequently arresting and romanticizing the moment when the body loses control, succumbs to gravity, fails itself.
You're willing to accept him as a heroic character, but one who is prepared at any moment to do something deeply unheroic, and possibly immoral," director Sam Mendes suggests.
Meanwhile, our radioactive man, who goes by the very unheroic name of Ted, discovers a strange connection with Matt the mind-reading policeman.