What kind of person is Smurch in the story "The Greatest Man in the World"?
Always happy to answer a question about Thurber, one of my favorite authors.
Jack "Pal" Smurch, the protagonist of "The Greatest Man in the World," is an assistant mechanic who has recently achieved the remarkable feat of flying a single-engine plane around the world. He is soon going to be lifted to "the heights of fame"; the problem, however, is that he does not possess "the intelligence, background, and character successfully to endure the mounting orgies of glory" that will be offered to him.
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