My Life and Hard Times Character Descriptions

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James Thurber

During World War I, this character attends Ohio State University,but leaves in 1918 without earning a degree. He writes about his difficulties with biology, economics, gymnasium, and obligatory military training. Most of his problems are linked to eyesight which he dismisses as weak. It gets him repeatedly turned down by the U.S. Army, which he seeks to join as the war ends.

Clem Thurber

He is described as over six feet tall, 170 pounds, hawk-nosed. He wrestles a policeman's gun away from him, which suggests considerable remaining strength.


He is never in a good mood, even after a meal, but is particularly nasty in the morning. The noise of a fireplace mantelpiece collapsing as Thurber jumps on it to avoid being attacked, makes him nervous to enter the house.

Briggs Beall

He has a phobia about stopping breathing while asleep. While visiting the Thurbers overnight...

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