RARA-AVIS: Re: Real guys don't worry a whole lot about if they're real guys or not...

From: jacquesdebierue ( jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 28 Mar 2008

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Kevin Burton Smith <kvnsmith@...> wrote:

> What makes Marlowe or Spade or Hammer or even Brandstetter or Paretsky
> and Millhone tough isn't how many thugs they can bench press (or what
> they're wearing) but the mere fact they're willing to go down those
> mean streets.
> Courage and integrity and intelligence impress me. Your fascination
> with leather? Not so much.

Kevin, I don't think Patrick was saying anything substantially different from what you say above. The two witnesses (you as you see yourself and you as you think they see you) are going to give different accounts, obviously. If you dress so that the secondary witness checks you out as tough, probably the principal witness is telling you that you're not really tough. Just my hypothesis.

This has been explored thoroughly in westerns. The tough, quiet,unassuming guy often ends up beating (more often, shooting) the secondarily tough guy, they guy who puts on the show. It's a classic situation that probably goes back to the old mythologies. I kind of recall something like this in the Icelandic sagas.



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