Re: RARA-AVIS: colloquial and hardboiled

Date: 23 Apr 2002

In a message dated 4/23/02 3:31:28 AM, writes:

<< 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? ;-) >>

although it's widely accepted around these parts that colloquial is one of the standards for hardboiling, I for one do not share this belief. for me, it all hardboils down into a character's attitude as defined by his or her actions.

John Lau

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