Re Anthony's comment below:
> I realize there are those who don't agree, but I
> Holmes as being
> hardboiled. Holmes is what a Victorian England
> hardboiled would be ...
> to each character their culture, their time, and
> their place ...
I'll allow that Holmes (and, for that matter, war vet Watson)
are tough men. But they're not hard-boiled because toughness
isn't all there is to it.
"Hard-boiled" means tough AND colloquial. It implies a
certain "blue-collar" ethos that Holmes and Watson, staid
Victorian gentlemen that they are, simply don't have.
In other words, though they may walk the walk, they don't
talk the talk. And, to be hardboiled, talking the talk is
almost as important as walking the walk.
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