“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
(1939) A story by James Thurber about a henpecked husband with extravagant daydreams: he imagines himself as a heroic pilot in wartime, a world-famous surgeon, and a soldier who can face a firing squad without fear.
An ordinary person who dreams of leading a romantic life may be called a “Walter Mitty.”
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