in Fixed Period

Chapter 10 – The Town-Hall

iustum et tenacem propositi virum

As Sir Ferdinando is delivering his speech to the people of Brittanula, he offers this quotation from Horace to describe President Neverbend:  “a man just and firm of purpose.”  Sir Ferdinando does not extend the quotation, which–like his quotation of Juvenal in Chapter 9–would not necessarily cast a favorable light on Britain.  Horace’s portrayal of the just man asserts that he cannot be shaken by the power of a tyrant, and already in The Fixed Period has Neverbend repeatedly cast Britain as tyrannical in its actions.  Despite his removal from Brittanula at British hands, Neverbend will persevere.

It is worth noting that this quotation from Horace echoes the literal meaning of the president’s last name, “Neverbend.”  [KS & RR 2012]

Source: Horace, Odes 3.3.1-4.


Great Britain and Brittanula

The inherent contrast that was mentioned in Chapter 9 appears again.  [KS 2012]