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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


by James Thurber

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Identity Quotes

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Quote #1

… through the worst storm in twenty years of Navy flying fading in the remote, intimate airways of his mind. (3)

This line seems to be a stylistic oddity in the story – it's more ornate and poetic than the language Thurber uses in the rest of the text.

Quote #2

"We've been all through that," she said, getting out of the car. "You're not a young man any longer." (4)

Mitty's age does seem to play a role in establishing his character. The characters he embodies in his fantasies don't show the same signs of aging (memory loss, loss of coordination) that Walter does.

Quote #3

Oh," said Mitty, handing the man the ignition key. The attendant vaulted into the car, backed it up with insolent skill, and put it where it belonged. (7)

Here, the narration slips under Mitty's influence – the word "insolent" is not objective; rather, it reflects Walter's state of mind.

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