History Creator / JamesThurber

22nd Dec '13 5:28:14 PM PaulA
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* CassandraTruth: ** In "The Unicorn in the Garden", a HenpeckedHusband finds a unicorn in the garden, but his wife doesn't believe him, telling him firmly that there's no such thing as unicorns, and calls for him to be taken away to a mental asylum. The tables are turned when the officials from the asylum arrive; when she tells them her husband saw a unicorn in the garden, he meekly says that there's no such thing as unicorns, leaving her looking like the unbalanced one. ** "The Catbird Seat" is about a man who plots to get rid of an incredibly obnoxious woman who works at his office; she's driven away most of his colleagues and is about to talk his superior into cutting out the man's department. The man, a clean-living, sober type who wouldn't hurt a fly, visits her apartment one night, at which point he drinks whiskey, smokes a cigar and discusses his plan to kill his boss using very harsh language. The next day, the woman tries to warn their boss of the man's plan... and is fired when the boss thinks she's having a breakdown. * ComicallyMissingThePoint: In the short story "Mr. Preble Gets Rid of His Wife", Mr. Preble is planning to murder his wife so he can run off with his secretary. She is suspicious when he asks her to go down to the cellar with him, and he blurts out the truth almost immediately -- and ends up in an argument about the selfish and inconsiderate way he's chosen to go about it (she's in the middle of a book and doesn't feel like going down to the cellar to be murdered just now; it's cold down there, and he's picked out a lousy murder weapon and makes her wait while he goes to find another one... and so on).

* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: What the Big Bad in ''TheWonderfulO'' threatens Littlejohn's parrot with: "I'll squck its thrug till all it can whubble is geep!"
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* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: What the Big Bad in ''TheWonderfulO'' ''The Wonderful O'' threatens Littlejohn's parrot with: "I'll squck its thrug till all it can whubble is geep!"

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* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: What PutMeInCoach: The short story "You Could Look It Up" features a baseball team in a slump putting a midget in as a pinch hitter to walk in the Big Bad in ''TheWonderfulO'' threatens Littlejohn's parrot with: "I'll squck its thrug till all tying run. After verifying that yes, his contract is valid and no, there AintNoRule that says he can't play, he's allowed to bat... and promptly hits the ball and is thrown out at first, losing the game. In a DoubleSubversion, however, the incident is so ridiculous that it can whubble is geep!" snaps the team out of their slump and they go on to win the pennant.

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* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: What the Big Bad in ''TheWonderfulO'' threatens Littlejohn's parrot with: "I'll squck its thrug till all it can whubble SdrawkcabName: The villain of ''The White Deer'' is geep!" named [[KingArthur Nagrom Yaf]].
22nd Dec '13 5:10:08 PM PaulA
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Moments of Heartwarming, Tearjerking Moments, etc. go on their own pages
A personal favorite writer of one [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] who single-handedly sparked enough popular demand to put Thurber's anthologies back into print in the late '00s, when he revealed [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments that he would read from a book of Thurber's stories]] to [[{{Tearjerker}} his terminally ill father]], who suggested he read some of them on his TV show.
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A personal favorite writer of one [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] who single-handedly sparked enough popular demand to put Thurber's anthologies back into print in the late '00s, when he revealed [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments that he would read from a book of Thurber's stories]] stories to [[{{Tearjerker}} his terminally ill father]], father, who suggested he read some of them on his TV show.
21st Dec '13 12:05:17 PM JIKTV
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A personal favorite writer of one [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] who single-handedly sparked enough popular demand to put Thurber's anthologies back into print in the late '00s, when he revealed [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments that he would read from a book of Thurber's stories]] to [[[=Tearjerker=] his terminally ill father]], who suggested he read some of them on his TV show.
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A personal favorite writer of one [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] who single-handedly sparked enough popular demand to put Thurber's anthologies back into print in the late '00s, when he revealed [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments that he would read from a book of Thurber's stories]] to [[[=Tearjerker=] [[{{Tearjerker}} his terminally ill father]], who suggested he read some of them on his TV show.
21st Dec '13 12:05:03 PM JIKTV
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A personal favorite writer of one [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] who single-handedly sparked enough popular demand to put Thurber's anthologies back into print in the late '00s, when he revealed [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments that he would read from a book of Thurber's stories]] to [[[=TearJerker=] his terminally ill father]], who suggested he read some of them on his TV show.
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A personal favorite writer of one [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] who single-handedly sparked enough popular demand to put Thurber's anthologies back into print in the late '00s, when he revealed [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments that he would read from a book of Thurber's stories]] to [[[=TearJerker=] [[[=Tearjerker=] his terminally ill father]], who suggested he read some of them on his TV show.
21st Dec '13 12:04:28 PM JIKTV
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A personal favorite writer of one KeithOlbermann who single-handedly sparked enough popular demand to put Thurber's anthologies back into print in the late '00s, when he revealed [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming that he would read from a book of Thurber's stories]] to [[TearJerker his terminally ill father]], who suggested he read some of them on his TV show.
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A personal favorite writer of one KeithOlbermann [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]] who single-handedly sparked enough popular demand to put Thurber's anthologies back into print in the late '00s, when he revealed [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments that he would read from a book of Thurber's stories]] to [[TearJerker [[[=TearJerker=] his terminally ill father]], who suggested he read some of them on his TV show.
21st Dec '13 12:03:45 PM JIKTV
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* "TheUnicornInTheGarden"
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* "TheUnicornInTheGarden""WesternAnimation/TheUnicornInTheGarden"
20th Dec '13 1:14:12 PM LordGro
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Moved Zero Content Examples to discussion.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal

* AintNoRule * AttractiveBentSpecies: Clode [[CarnivoreConfusion has trouble]] with this in ''The White Deer''. * BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad
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* AintNoRule * * AttractiveBentSpecies: Clode [[CarnivoreConfusion has trouble]] with this in ''The White Deer''. * BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBadDeer''.

* BeastFable: quite a few of the ''Fables For Our Times''
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* * BeastFable: quite a few of the ''Fables For Our Times''

* CassandraTruth * CompletelyMissingThePoint * CriminalDoppelganger: "The Remarkable Case of Mr. Bruhl"
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* CassandraTruth * CompletelyMissingThePoint * * CriminalDoppelganger: "The Remarkable Case of Mr. Bruhl"

* EngagementChallenge: ''The White Deer''
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* EngagementChallenge: In ''The White Deer''Deer''.

* HenpeckedHusband: Lots of them, but Walter Mitty is almost certainly the best-known. * HopeSproutsEternal: "The Last Flower" * InNameOnly: The 1947 film of "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty". It bore little resemblance to the story, and Thurber ''hated'' it. The 2013 film version will also use a different storyline. * MadDreamer: Walter Mitty.
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* * HenpeckedHusband: Lots of them, but Walter Mitty is almost certainly the best-known. * * HopeSproutsEternal: "The Last Flower" * * InNameOnly: The 1947 film of "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty". It bore little resemblance to the story, and Thurber ''hated'' it. The 2013 film version will also use a different storyline. * * MadDreamer: Walter Mitty.

* MrImagination: Walter Mitty, again. * OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList: In the children's book ''Many Moons'', the king's three advisors carry lists of all of the matters they have been consulted on. As each one reads out his list, all have added grocery items their wives wanted the advisors to pick up that day. * PirateParrot: The pirate Littlejohn in ''The Wonderful O'' has a parrot that annoys the book's BigBad (by using words containing the letter "O"). * PowerFantasy: Walter Mitty. * PutMeInCoach (subverted) * RefugeInAudacity
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* * MrImagination: Walter Mitty, again. * * OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList: In the children's book ''Many Moons'', the king's three advisors carry lists of all of the matters they have been consulted on. As each one reads out his list, all have added grocery items their wives wanted the advisors to pick up that day. * * PirateParrot: The pirate Littlejohn in ''The Wonderful O'' has a parrot that annoys the book's BigBad (by using words containing the letter "O"). * * PowerFantasy: Walter Mitty. * PutMeInCoach (subverted) * RefugeInAudacityMitty.

* SdrawkcabName * SpoofAesop: All over the place * TarAndFeathers ("What Happened To Charles," one of the ''Fables For Our Time'')
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* SdrawkcabName * SpoofAesop: All over the place * * TarAndFeathers ("What Happened To Charles," one of the ''Fables For Our Time'')
20th Dec '13 1:10:03 PM LordGro
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* InNameOnly: The 1947 film of "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty". It bore little resemblance to the story, and Thurber ''hated'' it. ** The 2013 film version will also use a different storyline. No word yet on if Thurber will hate this version.
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* InNameOnly: The 1947 film of "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty". It bore little resemblance to the story, and Thurber ''hated'' it. ** it. The 2013 film version will also use a different storyline. No word yet on if Thurber will hate this version.storyline.
17th Dec '13 6:19:39 PM wittylibrarian
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* InNameOnly: The film of "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty". It bore little resemblance to the story, and Thurber ''hated'' it.
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* InNameOnly: The 1947 film of "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty". It bore little resemblance to the story, and Thurber ''hated'' it.it. ** The 2013 film version will also use a different storyline. No word yet on if Thurber will hate this version.
28th Nov '13 5:18:23 PM Jeduthun
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* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: An incessantly recurring theme throughout Thurber's stories.
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