RE: RARA-AVIS: Re: poppa and pauline

From: Kerry (
Date: 12 Mar 2002

At 07:12 PM 3/11/02 -0500, you wrote:
>i don't know about that. if we're separating the boys
>according to sentimentality, i'd put hemingway by himself
>in the sentimental chair and let chandler share the cold
>fish couch with hammett.

And I don't know about that. Seems to me the couch is warm and cosy too. I always caught a whiff of yearning behind Spade and Marlowe's cynicism, as if that quality had been hard earned and there was at least a possibility the lessons would need repeating. All that yammer about a code of honour too, a set of rules to make sense of the world and a man's place in it; if that isn't sentimental, I don't know what is.

Tough guys are the most sentimental of characters.


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