RE: RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled Character Traits

From: Anthony Dauer (
Date: 27 Apr 2002

But in the end they made a decision they felt was right and stuck with it. I didn't say that self-confidence didn't require contemplation first. They'd be stupid not to question it as they went along, but questioning isn't a lack of confidence ... it's a sign of wisdom.

Anthony Dauer, MSM IS
Alexandria, Virginia

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There is a long list of hard-boiled characters who were plagued by self-doubt, including Matt Scudder, Ray Dolan (Jack Kelly's Line of Sight), Dave Robichaeux, Eddie Coyle, Ed Exley, Easy Rawlins, and even our old friend Philip Marlowe (especially in The Long Good-Bye.) All of these guys worried a lot about whether they were doing the right thing, for themselves, for others, for self preservation, and all of them had people whose opinion of them mattered.

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