So why am I responding to it after so much time has passed? Because of this passage.
I know there's every chance that Betaruga has learned the answer by now, but just in case...Betaruga wrote:I still don't quite get what "Down these means skies. A kat must fly" means tho. Dunno if I’m missing a comma or am just missing a reference all together, or what. I never really grasped that one. It sounds poetic but awkward xD Or I'm 20 years slow. Help, anybody?
Raymond Chandler was a legendary novelist and screenwriter who is best remembered for creating Phillip Marlowe, a famous private detective character whose stories codified many of the "private eye" tropes that remain familiar today. Chandler also wrote "The Simple Art of Murder", a well-known essay about detective fiction that is the source of the quote that T-Bone paraphrases. You can read the entire article here, but here's an excerpt from the relevant paragraph:
In everything that can be called art there is a quality of redemption. It may be pure tragedy, if it is high tragedy, and it may be pity and irony, and it may be the raucous laughter of the strong man. But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. The detective in this kind of story must be such a man. He is the hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world.