28 March 2012

Are There Still Men Like This In The World?

"At night Oates was worse and we knew the end had come.... He slept through the night before last, hoping not to wake; but he woke in the morning—yesterday. It was blowing a blizzard. He said, "I am just going outside and may be some time." He went out into the blizzard and we have not seen him since.... We knew that poor Oates was walking to his death, but though we tried to dissuade him, we knew it was the act of a brave man and an English gentleman. We all hope to meet the end with a similar spirit, and assuredly the end is not far...."

From The Last March by Robert Falcon Scott. More here.

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Anonymous said...

As an Ex-Pat Englishman, I am well aware of Scott of the Antarctic and Oates selfless act. It pains me that they thought horses would be able to do the job of pack dogs. Papa Bear

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Anon.