Wu Ting
How would you explain ‘brass-buttoned endurance’ in the context? Military strategy is interesting. Running an army is similar to running a household of servants. Mother is good at that kind of warfare, she has instincts for reconnaissance and the surprise attack. Officer Ostrain says the United States has the sixteenth largest army in the world, ranking leagues behind Great Britain, Spain, Turkey, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania, and many others. (Mexico was not mentioned.) Our poorly equipped military seems to offend Officer Ostrain to the limits of his brass-buttoned endurance. He says it’s a disgrace that General MacArthur and Major Eisenhower have to stand on Pennsylvania Avenue waiting like common citizens for the Mt. Pleasant trolley car, to get to the Senate chambers. How would you explain ‘brass-buttoned endurance’ in the context? Thanks!
Mar 11, 2014 1:34 PM
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The uniforms of military officers have brass buttons. The image of a military officer is someone tough, who stands very straight and proud. It's a way of characterizing Ostrain as able to endure much, but the fact that the US military is not among the top armies hurts his pride.
March 11, 2014
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