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By David L. Ghilchik (Romanian, 1892-1972)
Whatever happened to the "milquetoast?"
Once this character type could often be found in fiction and films. Think Wally Cox.
A milquetoast is not a nerd or a dweeb or a doofus. As we see above, in the figure of Cuthbert--a milquetoast if ever there was one--such fellows are not cliched gay "pansies" either. They're just timid and ineffectual and mild-mannered. Yet they can exhibit surprising reservoirs of courage and heroism when pushed to extremes.
Think Droopy the Dog.
Peter Parker was something of milquetoast before his transformation into Spider-Man. Clark Kent is one too.
Has the world grown too harsh and rough and demanding to permit milquetoasts to flourish? If so, a sad state of affairs.
Posted by Paul DiFi.