Oscar had wondered what it would be like to be
fired. As recently as a week ago, in the Director’s
office, he had imagined himself stoically accepting termination without a
word. The Director’s threats had actually elated him, made him
feel larger than life. But that was because he’d not
taken the threats quite seriously, he had not believed that,
when it came to the point, the Director would ever
do anything. Now that it looked as though the threats
were really to be fulfilled, Oscar was appalled. Of that
imagined stoicism, that theoretical courage, not a trace was left.
Paraphrases from the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.