Re: RARA-AVIS: Hardboiled Character Traits

From: George Upper (
Date: 01 May 2002

--- wrote:
> There is a long list of hard-boiled characters
> who were plagued by
> self-doubt, including Matt Scudder

You know, when I read Anthony's post, Scudder jumped to my mind in this regard, as well. But I decided that he really was self-confident, because he never, ever gives up on a case until it's resolved. He's dogged, to the point of ticking off the cops he hangs around because he keeps pressing on long after the official file has been closed.

That said, however, I think self-confident is the wrong phrase. Self-reliant is better. Jim D. could make a good argument that this is part of being tough, but I'm not sure I'd agree. It's one kind of tough, maybe, but I'm not sure one can be hard-boiled without being self-reliant.

G. (ducking)

===== George C. Upper III, Editor The Lightning Bell Poetry Journal

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