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January 31, 2013 3:05 PM Subscribe
Bookish Mefites, help me come up with a list of literary sad sacks.
posted by Currer Belfry to Media & Arts (29 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Who are the most famously self-pitying characters in literary history? Someone you can kind of laugh at/with, not the really tragic type a la "Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne."
I'm also not looking for badasses like Ahab or Milton's Satan - maybe more like the narrator in "Notes from the Underground" or someone like that. A Walter Mitty type, maybe (have never read it so I don't know if he's what I'm looking for). Or the office nebbish, but definitely not the one in "The Office" who blows everything up at the end.
There must be SOMEONE from Dickens but no one comes to mind.