Weakness


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Weakness

Gertrude
“Frailty, thy name is woman!” [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
Henry VI
dominated by queen and vassal; shirks responsibilities. [Br. Lit.: Henry VI]
John, King
without grandeur, strength, or any regal quality. [Br. Lit.: King John]
Milquetoast, Casper
the original “Timid Soul”; afraid of calling soul his own. [Comics: Horn, 663]
Mitty, Walter
epitome of weak-spirited man. [Am. Lit.: “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” in Payton, 448]
musk
traditional symbol of weakness. [Plant Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
Pilate, Pontius
yields to clamoring of Jews, hands Jesus over. [N.T.: Matthew 27:24–26; Luke 23:16–25; John 19:1–16]
Warren, Nicole
relies on Dick for stability and identity. [Am. Lit.: Tender Is the Night]
References in classic literature ?
I had always felt my weakness, in comparison with her constancy and fortitude; and now I felt it more and more.
He was plainly blind, for he tapped before him with a stick and wore a great green shade over his eyes and nose; and he was hunched, as if with age or weakness, and wore a huge old tattered sea-cloak with a hood that made him appear positively deformed.
In our day we have progressed to a point where such sentiments mark weakness and atavism.
In fact, as this last reflection indicated--this instinctive return to hope--sentiments of weakness or fear did not dwell long in her ardent spirit.
Hiding order beneath the cloak of disorder is simply a question of subdivision; concealing courage under a show of timidity presupposes a fund of latent energy; masking strength with weakness is to be effected by tactical dispositions.
A wet day was the expression of irremediable grief at her weakness in the mind of some vague ethical being whom she could not class definitely as the God of her childhood, and could not comprehend as any other.
She washed his limbs; they were covered with thick hair; and when she dried his hands, even in his weakness they were strong and sinewy.
he was about my age, when, setting out one day for the chase, he felt his legs weak, the man who had never known what weakness was before.
He struggled against the confession of his weakness but dimly felt that he could not overcome it and that his former gloomy frame of mind, concerning vengeance, killing, and self-sacrifice, had been dispersed like dust by contact with the first man he met.
of us, under the easy circumstance of our own weakness, remains another way most easily to express ourselves for the purpose of eliminating from the world the cruelty that is practised by some few of us, for the entertainment of the rest of us, on the trained animals, who, after all, are only lesser animals than we on the round world's surface.
In neither his father nor his mother was there any weakness, nor in the generations before them.
LET me confess another weakness, on my part, before I begin the Story of the Trial.