On British Fortitude, a Case Study

Congratulations to Ms. Gill Hicks of London on her wedding today (hattip: OxBlog). When the Luftwaffe was bombing London, defiant Londoners taught the world a lesson about fortitude. That British fortitude lives on as exemplified by Ms. Hicks, who lost 75 % of her blood when the Tube was bombed on July 7.

As noted in yesterday’s Times Online,

She was determined to stay alive, she said, despite a nagging voice in her head telling her to go to sleep.

“I looked around the carriage and I made a very firm decision that ‘this is not where I die. This is not the end for me’.”

Thus, she calmly tore her scarf in two to make a turnicate for each mangled leg, which were both amputated below the knee once she arrived at the hospital.

Thank you Ms. Hicks for a powerful lesson on the will to live. And thank you England for your qualities in the face of adversity.

4 Responses to On British Fortitude, a Case Study

  1. Jordan says:

    Wow! Amazing woman.

  2. don says:

    They exhibit the same fortitude when they try and get those Mormon missionaries to “bugger off”.

  3. Jordan says:

    Lol, Don. Personal experiences here?

  4. don says:

    Yes, personal experience and “bugger off” was one of the more polite terms I heard when tracting.

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