Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: The Hardboiled James Bond?

From: Buzz (
Date: 24 Apr 2002

I think sentimentality makes the hard-boiled character interesting. It's the wild card, creating war within the character, the two sides duking it out. With that recipe, anything can happen. How interesting would Marlowe be if he never wrestled with his (sometimes downright mushy) emotions? A character who stays the hard-boiled course without temptation runs the risk (for the reader) of becoming predictable. my 2cents.


<< Being hard-boiled means being boiled hard -- all the way through to the
> core; having no soft center. I think one is hard-boiled in one's soul,
> it doesn't matter where he lives, where he goes, who he hangs out with or
> how he talks. >>
> so by this definition, is there any room for sentimentality?

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