Paul Di Filippo (pgdf) wrote in theinferior4,
Paul Di Filippo

Punch 17

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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.
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