2007年10月16日 星期二

forlorn hope

forlorn hope
n. 決死隊; 決死的行動; はかない望み.
  1. An arduous or nearly hopeless undertaking. 敢死隊
  2. An advance guard of troops sent on a hazardous mission.

[By folk etymology from Dutch verloren hoop, advance guard : verloren, past participle of verliezen, to lose + hoop, troop.]


Arnold's phrase, the "passionate and dauntless soldier of a forlorn hope,"

A few words of wisdom come from old friend Carol, best mate Martin and his therapist Terence but with a blind-ish date looming, Daniel takes more drastic action. He embarks on refining his identity or "brand statement" in the forlorn hope that he'll stand a better chance with the opposite sex--as he quips: "Interesting that 'opposite'. As in diametrically opposed. Not the different sex. The opposite sex." With his trusty flip chart and black marker pens he starts to analyse the lessons he has learned from each love affair--a project he dubs, ironically, The Love Secrets of Don Juan.


LXII

"Where will you serve?" -- "Where'er you please." -- "I know
You like to be the hope of the forlorn,
And doubtless would be foremost on the foe
After the hardships you've already borne.
And this young fellow -- say what can he do?
He with the beardless chin and garments torn?"
"Why, general, if he hath no greater fault
In war than love, he had better lead the assault."

Don Juan (Byron)/Canto the Seventh - Wikisource


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