Thursday, January 19, 2012

And he really is one ...

... A hero emerges in Italy’s ship drama -

"But why is someone who does his job and sticks to the rules suddenly a hero in Italy?" one Internet commentator wondered.

I am reminded of something J.B. Priestley says about Joseph Conrad in Literature and Western Man, namely, that Conrad is "the novelist ... of men who find themselves hard-pressed and try to do their duty."
Where does anyone get the idea that doing your duty and following the rules under the most trying circumstances is not genuinely heroic?

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