RARA-AVIS: colloquial and hardboiled

From: Michael Robison ( zspider@gte.net)
Date: 23 Apr 2002

MrT agrees:
> 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...


i'd been thinking about that myself. uh, not dudley actually, but the judge in mccarthy's _blood meridian_. the judge was more eloquent than colloquial, so if that's a requirement, then he didn't make the hardboiled grade. maybe he's just a noir sorta guy.

i don't know. i did not come here with any preconceived idea of what hardboiled means, so i've pretty much relied on group concensus for a definition.

applying a little (very little) thought to it makes me wonder about the
"colloquial "requirement. that means a character cannot be deemed hardboiled, solely by his actions. so a mute character could not be hardboiled, could he? ;-)


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