Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS Digest V4 #231

Date: 22 Apr 2002


Re your comment below:

> I have to disagree with Jim Doherty about elegance
> and
> hardboiledness. Dudley Smith, one of the most
> hardboiled
> characters in crime fiction, expresses himself in a
> mild,
> fatherly brogue. His actions, though...

Mild and fatherly, yes, but never with an upper-crust elegance. Smith isn't a lace-curtain Irishman, he's a shanty mick and proud of it. His speech is the speech of a colloquial Irish immigrant, not an upper-class pedant. He has the common, colloquial touch that Gutman not only lacks, but disdains.


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