Portrait of Thomas William Coke,
(future Earl of Leicester)
by Pompeo Girlamo Batoni,
oil on canvas, 1774.
Sometimes titled An Englishman Abroad.
Posture and pose. Carriage.
Certain conventional descriptions have become attached to characters.
We read of a hero's lithe stride ( insert appropriate dangerous animal simile here) or regal old ladies, or someone who stands ramrod straight.
While people watching, I wondered about the why of these and similar automatic cliches.
I soon developed a certain sympathy, at least for the intent.
I observed a lot of sagging, slouching, pelvic projection, and people perambulating with their ass stuck out like a baboon.
In spite of the tired terms, the writers reflect a basic fact: a vast majority of people don't walk well. And their posture sucks.
Ergo, the main character should be described as standing out from the shuffle, because s/he usually does.
My one criticism of crowd/hallway/to-an-fro scenes on film or TV is that the posture and pace of the extras and minor actors is usually far too good.