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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

by James Thurber

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How would you write Walter's next adventure in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" using Thurber's style?

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In all Walter Mitty's daydreams, he is a paragon of whatever field of endeavor he finds himself, a state that is in sharp contrast to his emasculated marital condition. So, in order to write Mitty's next adventure a la Thurber, you will need to place him in the position of hero. The "ta-pocketa-pocketa" sound is connected in the adventures to weaponry and machinery.  But, in reality, it must be a sound connected to Mitty himself.  While it could be the sound of the engine of his car in the first two daydreams in which it is used, in the third daydream that includes this sound, Mitty is seated in a hotel. So, the "ta pocketa-pocketa" can be the beating of his heart.

Now, after Mrs. Mitty arrives at the hotel, she scolds Walter as usual and threatens to take his temperature when he gets home. ´╗┐Perhaps, then, you may wish to write about his going to the hospital for tests in real life, but his daydream can be a continuation of the last one in Thurber's story as "Walter Mitty, the Undefeated" has been rescued from the firing squad by Green Berets (or Navy Seals) at the last desperate minute.  Since he is in a foreign country where he has been taken political prisoner, he must go to a substandard foreign hospital where one of the life-saving machines makes the "ta-pocketa" sound. CIA men enter to interview him.....In reality, it can be Mitty's heart beating as he nervously undergoes a MRI, for example. As a dialogue can be created around the rescue of the prisoner Mitty for the daydream, the reality can have one of the medical personel attempting to communicate with him.

Remember that the daydreams are outlandish in comparison to what really occurs because only in his imagination can Walter Mitty be heroic.

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