In Hughes' 1857 book, Flashman (a relatively minor character) is portrayed as a notorious bully atRugby School who persecutes Tom Brown, and who is finally expelled for drunkenness. Fraser decided to write Flashman's memoirs, in which the school bully would be identified with an "illustrious Victorian soldier" experiencing many 19th-century wars and adventures and rising to high rank in the British Army, acclaimed as a great soldier, while remaining "a scoundrel, a liar, a cheat, a thief, a coward—and, oh yes, a toady." Fraser's Flashman is an antihero who often runs from danger in the novels. Nevertheless, through a combination of luck and cunning, he usually ends each volume acclaimed as a hero.
“His stories are good to hear at night, because we can dream about them asleep; and good in the morning, too, because then we can dream about them awake."
―from "A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
sim·pa·ti·coadjective \sim-ˈpä-ti-ˌkō, -ˈpa-\
Definition of SIMPATICO
Origin of SIMPATICO
Italian simpatico & Spanish simpático, ultimately from Latin sympathia sympathy
First Known Use: 1864
費里尼對話錄：花花公子訪問記(一) (Playboy Interviews)
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